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PUSH

Title: PUSH
Genre: Documentary
Release Year: 2019
Director: Fredrik Gertten
Producer: Margarete Jangård
Co-Producers: Jamie Kastner, Laura Kastner
Cinematography: Janice d’Avila, Iris Ng
Editing: Erik Bäfving 

Synopsis:
Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities globally. Long-time residents are being pushed out. This is not gentrification, it is a different kind of monster. Housing as an asset, a place to park money. PUSH is a global drama investigating an ongoing crime.
Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues?

MAIN CHARACTERS

Leilani Farha

With a background in advocacy for the homeless, Leilani has for the past three years been the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, with the right to hold governments accountable if they don’t meet the human rights obligations in the UN Human Rights Charter. She believes that if we really want to make change to ensure people can live in the city, then we have to be able to hold someone responsible for what is going on.

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, has studied the impacts of globalization for 40 years and coined the term “global cities”.
Sassen helps us to understand why an empty apartment is sometimes a better asset than its use as a home. She describes the investments in housing as high-end land grabs.

Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economy, explains how the private equity firms managed to grow throughout every crisis in the financial system, ending up becoming the biggest landlords in the world. Stiglitz also explains the big shift in history when the deregulation of the financial markets opened the floodgates for investors.

Roberto Saviano

Roberto Saviano, Italian journalist and author of Gomorra, was forced into hiding after exposing the business side of organized crime. “Tax havens are where criminal capitalism and legal capitalism meet and merge. Mafia organizations were the first to create and facilitate money-laundering mechanisms through tax havens.”

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Don’t blame my cortado.

In my colourful, immigrant hood in Malmö, Sweden, the word gentrification has always been heard. Twenty years ago I founded a group that wanted a new and better school, safer courtyards, no more crime, none of the junkie needles in our kids’ playgrounds. I soon came to understand that our struggle was creating gentrification. When we, a group of successful families, decided to remain, the prices went up. However, I still want to believe that people who want to make their part of town cooler and safer, is a positive force in society.

Both Bikes vs Cars and PUSH tell a story about cities that no longer work for the benefit of their citizens. Construction companies, private equity funds are setting the agenda through their PR and lobby and sometimes also by clear corruption. The relation between real estate, construction companies and politicians is the most corrupted relation on the planet. It makes it very hard to change anything when the all-powerful have something to lose and the home-owning middle class is partly dependent on the system. They all feel the stress. Because even if you’ve made it, your kids won’t. For me, the only answer is democracy and politics, but governments have lost much of their influence as the phantom cash is so much bigger, and faster.

The elevator pitch for the ambition of this film could be NAME THAT PUSH. We need to understand what the heck is going on to be able to talk about it. A clearer language. A deeper knowledge. 

Fredrik Gertten Social Media

CREATIVE TEAM

Fredrik Gertten, Director is an award-winning director and journalist based in Malmö, Sweden, and owner and manager of the production company WG Film which he founded in 1994. Previously he worked as a foreign correspondent and columnist for radio, TV and press in Africa, Latin America, Asia and around Europe. Today he combines filmmaking with a role as a creative producer at WG Film. Recent films include BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*, world premiere Sundance 2012, BIKES VS CARS, world premiere SXSW 2015 and BECOMING ZLATAN, world premiere IDFA 2016. His films have met audiences in 100 countries, including leading festivals. In Sweden the sale of FairTrade bananas went from 5 to 50 per cent of the sales after the release of the BANANAS!* films. In October 2017 he was named Honorary Doctor at Malmö University’s Faculty of Culture and Society, for his work as a documentary filmmaker.

Margarete Jangård, Producer and managing the company in cooperation with Fredrik Gertten. Worked with WG Film since 2003 with films like, DEAD DONKEYS FEAR NO HYENA, BECOMING ZLATAN, BIKES vs CARS, BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*, BANANAS!*, I BOUGHT A RAINFOREST and more. All projects supported by Creative Europe. Margarete focuses on creative documentaries and through the years has widened hers and WG Film’s network across worldwide, where she has become a well-reputed producer of creative documentaries.

Jamie Kastner, Co-Producer is a Toronto-based filmmaker and writer whose work has received international acclaim. His recently completed THE SKYJACKER’S TALE is a critically acclaimed feature doc which premiered at TIFF’16, is broadcast on Netflix, Super Channel, Canal D and ZDF/Arte, distributed by Strand Releasing in the US and C7 INTL internationally. Other films include THE SECRET DISCO (world premiere TIFF 2012), RECESSIONIZE! FOR FUN AND PROFIT! (world premiere Hot Docs 2011) and KIKE LIKE ME (Audience Award winner, Dok.fest Munich 2007).

Laura Baron Kastner, Co-Producer
Came to the world of film production by way of entrepreneurship and corporate law at a leading Bay street firm. Accordingly she approaches production with a keen eye for technical detail and precision, creative problem solving skills and a general get ‘er done attitude.

Erik Bäfving, Editor
Born in 1973 in Malmo, Sweden, has been working as a director and editor since 1996. In addition to directing documentaries he is working as a narrative consultant and editor for both documentary and feature films. Fredrik and Erik have a long history together, having first started working together almost 20 years ago. Since then, Erik has edited a number of WG Film documentaries, including I Bought a Rainforest and Belfast Girls.

Janice d’Avila, DOP
She has a degree in Cinema from ECA-USP and has worked as a camera assistant in several feature films and commercials since 1996.
Director of Photography since 2010, she curates the photo of films such as Elena, by Petra Costa, Estela Renner’s Lifetime, Never Dreamed of Me and White Tarot by Coco Rhoden, several branded content films and commercials for big brands and series such as HBO , Netflix, NatGeo, UFC Channel and Globo.

Iris Ng, DOP
Iris Ng is recognized as a versatile cinematographer who lends her patience, creativity, intuition, and skill to bring a director’s vision to the screen. She is known for her work on Sarah Polley’s multi award-winning documentary Stories We Tell (2012), and for collaborating with award-winning directors on a variety of documentaries and films for artists. 
Along with her co-credit on the 4-time Emmy Award-winning documentary series Making A Murderer, other recent work includes Migrant Dreams which won the Hiller Prize for Journalism in 2017, A Better Man (Hot Docs, DOC NYC 2017), Michelle Latimer’s short film NUUCA (TIFF, Sundance, and The Berlin Film Festival), and Sandi Tan’s Sundance Award-winning Shirkers. Website: http://iriscinematography.com/

IMAGES

Leilani Farha
Protesters in Val Paraiso
Rent Strike in Toronto
Grenfell Tower
Chile
Leilani Farha
Tenants in Barcelona
Saskia Sassen
Leilani in Barcelona
A compact apartment in Seoul
Protesting against Airbnb In Toronto
Roberto Saviano
Joseph Stiglitz
Leilani Farha

CONTACTS

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