Winner of Politiken Audience Award – CPH:DOX

“Push: a gripping new film about how global finance is fuelling the housing crisis and making cities unaffordable to live in.”

– Patrick Butler, editor of society, health and education policy for The Guardian. Tweet

“The film is fantastic. It's incredible in how it shows the current conflict in which we live when housing is seen as a commodity.”

– Maria Lúcia de Pontes, Brazilian lawyer, public defender and activist. Tweet

“Fredrik Gertten’s lively, approachable documentary on the global housing crisis should leave audiences feeling engaged, enraged and with plenty to discuss afterwards...Potentially depressing material is handled with a light touch and a welcome edge of humour.”

– Allan Hunter, Screen Daily. Tweet

“Fredrik Gertten’s rousing investigation into the global housing crisis plays like a real-world conspiracy thriller, with an inspiring hero at its heart.”

– Demetrios Matheou, Little White Lies. Tweet


Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unliveable 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,” – Leilani Farha.


The Shift is a new worldwide movement to reclaim and realize the fundamental human right to housing – to move away from housing as a place to park excess capital, to housing as a place to live in dignity, to raise families and participate in community. The Shift has been initiated by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, in partnership with United Cities Local Government and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


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