This week on cinema box we present I, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach and the winner of the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film casts an unblinking eye on the reality of the UK’s welfare system, which has been cut to bone by successive governments.
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Daniel Blake is a 59-year-old carpenter who suffers a heart attack and is forced to seek disability benefit. Yet the private agency that deals with his claim deems him fit for work and turns his request down. His alternative is unemployment benefit in order to receive a pittance…he enters a cruel bureaucratic labyrinth.