Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Push (2020)

This powerful documentary, about a UN investigator travelling the planet to get to the bottom of the global housing crisis, lays bare a $217 trillion scandal.

The conflict between rights and profits lies at the heart of a thought-provoking documentary, Push, which follows the UN’s special rapporteur Leilani Farha’s forays into the bleak depths of the global housing crisis, as she attempts to unpick exactly how we got here. In the Harlem estate she meets a man who already spends 90% of his income on his rent. Soon, his two-bedroom flat will cost $3,600 (£,2920) a month, and he will be forced to move.

Swedish director Fredrik Gertten accompanies Farha on a whirlwind tour of personal tragedy and corporate greed, as she unearths familiar tales of poor residents being forcibly evicted to make way for luxury investment units to be sold to wealthy overseas buyers.

Farha places the blame firmly the finance industry, which “sells something it does not have”, and which to do so “needs to invent brilliant instruments that allow it to invade other sectors”. Sassen compares the financial industry to mining: “Once it has extracted what it needs, it doesn’t care what happens to the rest.”

Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian

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Film Title : Push
Language : saksa, korea, italia, espanja, englanti
Director : Fredrik Gertten
Year : 2019
Length : 92
Age limit : K7
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Janice d'Avila, Iris Ng
Editing : Erik Wall Bäfving
Music : Florencia Di Concilio
Producer : Margarete Jangård
Production Company : WG Film

Screenings :
Wed 29.1. at 18.45, Kinopalatsi 7, followed by a Q&A with director Fredrik Gertten
Thu 30.1. at 16.30, Kinopalatsi 1, followed by a Q&A with director Fredrik Gertten
Sun 2.2. at 17.00, Kino Regina