Blue Ice Docs and FMTA present the feature documentary PUSH
Blue Ice Docs and FMTA present the feature documentary
Directed by Fredrik Gertten
Featuring UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Leilani Farha
Screening Dates: July 19 through July 25 – dates/times here
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Toronto
Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. Housing affordability is decreasing at a record pace. The local working and middle classes have become unable to afford housing in major cities across the world. London, New York, Hong Kong, Toronto, Tokyo, Valparaiso, Sydney, Melbourne, Caracas, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm… the list seems endless. People are being pushed out of their very own homes – because living in them has become unaffordable.
Young people are getting trapped in a cycle of renting apartments that are becoming less and less affordable. Working class and lower income communities face evictions and are left without a place to live. The high cost of housing pushes people into poverty and homelessness. In the UK and US, for instance, homelessness is increasing by alarming rates. More often than before, it is children and families that end up without a home. The problem is even worse in the Global South, where the number of people living in informal housing is projected to exceed 1 billion by 2020. However, the crisis also puts stress on the middle and upper-middle classes. In London, for example, even a doctor’s salary is not necessarily enough to buy a home.
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 travelling the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why.
This isn’t a natural, inevitable development. It can change. Residents should be able to afford to live in their own cities. It is time to recognize that housing is a human right, not a commodity. Let’s push back.