Push

Push

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:00pm
Trailer(s)
Screening Sponsor(s)
Fredrik Gertten
Sweden
2019
92 minutes

The Saturday, May 4 screening is part of the Justice Forum Series and will include a post-film discussion.

 

Who among us hasn’t ranted about housing in the past year? Conversations about rent increases, renovictions, gentrification, and general unaffordability seem inevitable when we meet up with friends and family in Vancouver. Leilani Farha has spent her career thinking about these very questions, from her beginnings in a small Ottawa office to her current position as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing. Push follows Farha as she traces a now global housing crisis. From London, to Valparaíso, to Milan, she speaks to the everyday people who tell the all-too-similar story about being pushed out of traditionally working class neighbourhoods to make way for luxury condo towers. Through interviews with common folk and politicians alike, we see the strain that cities across the globe have felt as housing, recognized as a human right by the UN, has become a commodity for the wealthy rather than a necessity for the many.

DOXA 2017 audiences may recognize Ada Colau, the current mayor of Barcelona from Ada for Mayor. Colau and Farha speak of possible solutions to the worldwide housing crisis and start a conversation about how to once again provide adequate housing to working people in the world’s cities — a conversation that Vancouverites will be eager to take part in. -CP

 

Justice Forum Panelist

Jen St Denis

Jen St. Denis is a reporter covering city hall and housing for the Star Vancouver. Her recent work has focused on the plight of elderly and low-income renters in Metro Vancouver, who are at increased risk of renoviction from older apartment buildings following a historic jump in rents that occurred in 2016. She was previously a staff reporter for Business in Vancouver, where she wrote about policy and the economy.

Justice Forum Panelist

Eliot Galán

Eliot Galán is co-chair of the Vancouver Tenants Union Steering Committee, co-founder of advocacy group Pets OK BC, and independent filmmaker with Collectivista Media. From Austin, Texas, Eliot immigrated to Vancouver in 2005 to work in film, where he now largely focuses his work on Indigenous sovereignty, housing justice and other social issues.

Justice Forum Panelist

Andy Yan

Andy Yan, MA, MCIP, RPP, GISP is the director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University. Prior to his SFU appointment, Andy has extensively worked in the non-profit and private urban planning sectors with projects in the metropolitan regions of Vancouver, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Andy is also an adjunct professor in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University and in Planning at the University of British Columbia School of Regional and Community Planning. He is the recipient of the Planning Institute of British Columbia’s Award in the Leadership in Advocacy and Innovation and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Advocate for Architecture award.

Justice Forum Panelist

Marty Frost

Marty is currently the Co-Chair for the Board of Directors at CCEC. He has been a member of CCEC Credit Union since 1978.  Marty is a cooperative and social enterprise developer, is active in the cooperative movement since 1979.  From 1983 to 1992 Marty worked and volunteered in the cooperative housing sector, during which time he helped launch COHO Management Services Society for the Cooperative Housing Federation of BC, and served on the founding Finance Committee and the board of CHF Canada.  He is also currently Executive Director of Aunt Leah’s Housing Foundation.