Follow UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing around the globe as she investigates an escalating human rights crisis.


Fredrik Gertten





Running Time

92 mins 



SFGFF Film Program: 

Green Film Fest Screening - September 25, 2019

Best Feature Award

Opening Night: "PUSH is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, (whose films Bananas!*, Big Boys Gone Bananas, and Bikes vs. Cars have shown at past festivals) investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues? Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. 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 travels the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of cities and why. “I believe there’s a huge difference between housing as a commodity and gold as a commodity. Gold is not a human right, housing is,” – Leilani Farha.


DISCUSSION WITH:  Fredrik Gertten and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha