Awareness Film Night's 25th Season Premiere will feature the film "PUSH". Why can't we afford to live or own businesses in our own cities and towns any more? How is it that The Commons are being bulldozed to accommodate the "financialization" of the real estate market? Housing affordability is decreasing at a record pace and homelessness is increasing by alarming rates. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today's most pressing world issues? Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten follows Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as she goes from London to Valparaiso, Toronto to Harlem and more to talk to people who are being PUSHed out of their homes and their communities.
Young people are getting trapped in a cycle of renting apartments that are unaffordable and unreliable. Working people, more and more with children, are facing evictions and left with no place to live. The number of people in the Global South living in "informal housing" (favelas) is projected to exceed 1 billion (one in 7 people on the planet) by 2020.
This isn't a natural, inevitable development. It can change. The film addresses ideas of what we, the public, need to do to PUSH back.
Discussion to follow. By donation.
For an interview with Leilani Farha see: www.newint.org/features/2019/06/19/unitednations-leilanifarha-housing.