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PUSH (12A) + ScreenTalk with director Fredrik Gertten

Architecture of Film

Woman in New York

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.

After the screening, director Fredrik Gertten will be in conversation with Anna Minton, writer, journalist, Reader in Architecture at the University of East London, and author of Ground Control (Penguin, 2012) and Big Capital (Penguin, 2017).


Sweden 2019 Dir Fredrik Gertten 92 mins

Curated by the Architecture Foundation

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