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We are delighted that director Fredrik Gertten will be present in person to join us for a Q&A following the film.
PUSH [London Premiere] (Sweden, 2019, Fredrik Gertten, 92 mins)
Landlords without faces. Apartments without renters. A global housing crisis. Who and what are cities for, when nobody can afford to live in them? PUSH examines one of today’s most urgent issues – the epic transformation of cities into financial instruments – to reveal with devastating clarity the shadowy operations and forces that threaten the very foundations of urban life.
Following Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, the film demonstrates how and why house prices are rocketing, whilst wages are stagnating; a problem with symptoms known by so many, but true causes by so few.
Sociologist Saskia Sassen, economist Joseph Stiglitz, and Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano help illuminate a crisis that makes gentrification look almost quaint, when the full scale of global finance’s conversion of real estate into a tradable asset – a market currently valued at more than double the combined GDP of every country in the world – is understood. An essential film exploring the 21st century city.