A reminder that Awareness Film Night’s 25th season will open on October 9th with the film “PUSH.” And there will now be a Q & A panel on homelessness in the Sooke area after the screening.
Why can’t we afford to live or own businesses in our own cities and towns any more? How is it that The Commons are being bulldozed to accommodate the “financialisation” of the real estate market?
Housing affordability is decreasing at a record pace and homelessness is increasing by alarming rates. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues? In “PUSH” award-winning Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten (“Big Boys Gone Bananas”) follows Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she goes to London, Harlem,Toronto, Valparaiso, Seoul, Barcelona and other cities to talk to people who are being PUSHed out of their homes and their communities. She listens to housing activists, squatters, people being evicted, real estate agents, an Italian anti-mafia journalist and economist Joseph Stiglitz. Farha notes that “(t)here’s a huge difference between housing as a commodity and gold as a commodity” and we need to hold governments accountable for permitting this to go on.
“PUSH” moves briskly, is visually engaging and is keenly-edited; the filmmaker lets people talk, even if what they are saying might point fingers or be controversial. It is an internationally-focused film.
Young people are getting trapped in a cycle of renting apartments that are unaffordable and unreliable. Working people, often with children, face evictions and are left without a place to live. In the Global South the number of people living in “informal housing” (favelas) is projected to exceed 1 billion (one in seven people on the planet) by next year.
This is not okay. It is not a natural, inevitable development. It can change. The film addresses ideas of what we, the public and municipalities, need to do to PUSH back.
There will be a post-screening Q&A with Kelly Roth, Executive Director and Lisa Crossman, Peer Housing Support Coordinator with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. They are both Sooke residents who, along with members of the Sooke Shelter Society, will be able to answer questions about homelessness in our area.
As always the evening will go from 7-9 p.m. at Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd. in Sooke. Admission is by donation.
If the trailer is not showing above, watch the trailer here: www.pushthefilm.com