PUSH looks at skyrocketing housing prices around the world and delves into an investigation as to why we can't afford to live in our own cities anymore. Follow Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur as she travels the globe investigating and trying to understand who's being pushed out of the city and why. Screening on 4 Mar at 6.15pm atCinema Nova (380 Lygon St, Carlton), this Victorian Premiere will be followed by an expert panel discussion.
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Directed by filmmaker Fredrik Gertten this 90min documentary is headlined by Leilani asking the deep probing questions we all want the answers to. As a UN Special Rapporteur, she firmly supports that housing is a human right, not a commodity and now is the time to push back and change the entire conversation that's embedded in the way people live globally. Fredrik and Leilani met through Twitter when he was looking for someone with a global perspective to put in the film. He had already been working on the idea for a few years.
This subject is not the only one that captures Leilani's attention; she also has an interest in homelessness and evictions amongst others. She readily admits that Fredrik's inquisitive mind forced her to go much deeper into the issue than she otherwise would have. To explain it simply so it's easily understood by all and not make it too legalistic; as she can easily take it in that direction as a Human Rights Legal Lawyer. Leilani is the authority who can release communication; legal letters, and send it to any entity eg. government agencies, making allegations that their business model is in violation of Human Rights Law.
Get to know the faceless landlords that contribute to our increasingly unliveable cities and an escalating crises that has an affect on all of us. Having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult worldwide. Not gentrification, this is a different monster. Who are the players and what are the factors making housing one of today's most pressing world issue? New condo buildings and flats are being sold internationally as investment pieces, and they stand empty while the homeless line the streets. The housing market has become financialised as people are being pushed out of their very own homes as they become unaffordable.
This is a thought-provoking documentary that looks at the conflict between rights and profits. About corporate greed at the cost of human suffering. Familiar tales of poor residents being forcibly evicted to make way for luxury investment units to be sold to wealthy overseas buyers surface. Sometimes the monsters are untraceable, as when offshore companies work in the property money-laundering business. Have a look at the crisis through the eyes of this documentary, on a global scale and what we need to do to push back by making governments responsible.