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’s travelling the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city 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,” says Leilani.
My hope is that PUSH will form a platform for better conversation. That people in countries around the world realise that the development in their town is not unique. There’s a global pattern, a business model repeated over and over again. A new kind of landlord, a hedge fund whose customers are not the tenants but the investors. PUSH is now out on a global journey, at cinemas and festivals. Everywhere, I meet people who through the film now feel less lonely. Just more angry.
In October 2017, Fredrik was named Honorary Doctor at Malmö University’s Faculty of Culture and Society for his work as a documentary filmmaker.
2016 - BECOMING ZLATAN, co-directed with Magnus Gertten
2015 - BIKES VS CARS
2011 - BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*
2009 - BANANAS!*
2005 - THE SOCIALIST, THE ARCHITECT AND THE TWISTED TOWER
2005 - AN ORDINARY FAMILY
2003 - BYE BYE MALMÖ/JUST A PIECE OF STEEL
2002 - THE WAY BACK, TRUE BLUE 2, co-directed with Magnus Gertten and Stefan Berg
2001 - THE DEATH OF A WORKING MAN'S NEWSPAPER
2000 - WALKING ON WATER, co-directed with Lars Westman
1998 - TRUE BLUE, co-directed with Magnus Gertten and Stefan Berg
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Fredrik Gertten
Written by: Fredrik Gertten
Produced by: Margarete Jangård
Cinematography: Janice D’Avila, Iris Ng
Editing: Erik Wall Bäfving
Original Score: Florencia Di Concilio
Sound: Martin Hennel
Animation: Charlotte Rodenstedt
Main Cast: Saskia Sassen (herself), Joseph Stiglitz (himself), Roberto Saviano (himself), Leilani Farha (herself)
Visual Effects: Jörgen Persson
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Documentary Selection 2019