PUSH directed by Fredrik Gertten
PUSH directed by Fredrik Gertten

The state of affordable housing in metropolitan cities around the globe – from Barcelona to Berlin to Toronto to New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco – is front and foremost in the award winning film PUSH from director Fredrik Gertten.

PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unlivable cities and an escalating crisis that has an effect on us all. This is not gentrification, it’s a different kind of monster.

This compelling, urgent film follows the incredible Leilani Farha – the United Nations Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as she travels from city to city around the world calling attention to the global problem of unaffordable/inadequate housing and trying to help cities to find solutions. Through her travels, she’s strives to develop an understanding of who is being pushed out of the cities and why. In her words, “I believe there’s a huge difference between housing as a commodity and gold as a commodity. Gold is not a human right, housing is”.

Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unlivable cities and an escalating crisis that has an effect on us all. This is not gentrification, it’s a different kind of monster.

The film follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she’s traveling the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why. “I believe there’s a huge difference between housing as a commodity and gold as a commodity. Gold is not a human right, housing is,” says Leilani.

Fredrik Gertten in his Director’s Note, commented, “PUSH is my journey to understand why life in our cities is getting so unaffordable. For two years I filmed with Leilani Farha, we had daily Whatsapp chats discussing the issue. Early on it was clear that we were lacking a language to describe the ongoing development. Words like gentrification are not sharp enough at describing the issue. It’s a global disease when homes are turned into assets in a financial game. The gentrification talk creates a divide. Blaming a hip coffee shop or an art gallery for pushing out the poor is just silly. There are other – much stronger forces in action. If citizens and politicians want to push back the invasion of speculative money from hedge funds and criminals. we need a deeper understanding.”

“My hope is that PUSH will form a platform for better conversation. That people in countries around the world realize that the development in their town is not unique. There’s a global pattern, a business model repeated over and over again. A new kind of landlord, a hedge fund whose customers are not the tenants but the investors. PUSH is now out on a global journey, at cinemas and festivals. Everywhere, I meet people who through the film now feel less lonely. Just more angry.”

THEATER LIST NOW

New York, NY
September 25-October 8, 2020
Anthology Film Archives *

*Part of the series, “Home Truths:
Films About Housing Rights, Displacement,
and the Meaning of Home”!

San Francisco, CA
September 25-October 8, 2020
Roxie Theater

Berkeley, CA
September 25-October 8, 2020
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

Sebastopol, CA
September 25-October 8, 2020
Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol

Los Angeles, CA
September 25-October 8, 2020
Laemmle Theatres

Santa Fe, NM
September 25-October 8, 2020
Violet Crown

Austin, TX
September 25-October 8, 2020
Violet Crown

Charlottesville, VA
September 25-October 8, 2020
Violet Crown

Columbus, OH
September 25-October 8, 2020
Gateway Film Center

Chicago, IL
October 2-15, 2020
Music Box Theatre

Minneapolis, MN
October 22-31, 2020
Twin Cities Film Festival

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