SUNDAY SCREENING: ‘Who Can Afford to Live in The City?’ (2021)

Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

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Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE. 

In cities around the world, housing prices are skyrocketing while incomes aren’t keeping pace. Housing is a human right that is becoming increasingly evasive. “PUSH: For a Basic Right to Housing” looks at a housing market gone wild, where landlords are taking advantage of the increased demand and putting the squeeze on tenants. This is not gentrification, but a different kind of monster – and it’s global. Rental prices in cities are skyrocketing and long-term tenants are being driven out of their homes. The film follows Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing from 2014 to 2020, as she travels the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why. She also heads to the coastal region of Chile, to the green hinterland of Seoul, and later to New York’s Harlem district, where rent are doubling and tripling in the blink of an eye. What is driving this radical shift towards neo-feudalism? Who are the big players buying up property assets at an alarming rate?

A film by Fredrik Gerrten
Production: WG Film for DW Documentary (2021)

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