A new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore.
Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues?
With contributions from Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah), Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Laureate in Economy), Saskia Sassen (Columbia Professor of Sociology, who coined the term Global Cities) and Leilani Farha (UN Special Rapporteur for Housing) this is a timely and stark documentary, calling to task those gatekeepers preventing access to what is a human right.
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Agustina Martire (Lecturer in Architecture, School of Natural and Built Environment at Queens University Belfast and vice chair of the SaveCQ campaign), with Elfie Seymore (Participation and the Practice of Rights) and Ciaran Mackel, Associate Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Ulster University and the founder of ARdMackel Architects.
This event is programmed as part of our current exhibition series exploring the notion of ‘land’ and the complex relationship between memory, identity and place.
Book tickets: https://belfastfilmfestival.org/films/push
Programmed in partnership with Doc Ireland.
Dr. Agustina Martire is a Lecturer in Architecture, School of Natural and Built Environment at Queens University Belfast. She also currently leads the StreetSpace project - an international and interdisciplinary project that studies local mixed use streets, shedding light on the way streets are used, experienced and represented – and is vice chair of the Save Cathedral Quarter (Save CQ) campaign.
Elfie Seymore is Development Worker at PPR (Participation and the Practice of Rights). Located in Belfast, PPR supports groups in using their unique Human Rights Based Approach to tackle the issues challenging them. The groups launch campaigns which measure success when change is seen on the ground, not when government makes a commitment. PPR’s campaign successes include the establishment of a new appointment system for mental health patients attending A&E across Northern Ireland, re-housing families from run-down tower blocks, and re-negotiation of regeneration plans from which residents have been excluded.
Ciaran Mackel is Associate Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Ulster University Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment and the founder of ARdMackel Architects. Ciaran is founder board member of PLACE, developed in co-operation with Belfast City Council to provide a city centre venue as an Architecture and Built Environment Centre. He was also founder member of Forum for Alternative Belfast. Ciaran serves on the Boards of a number of organisations including, The Gaeltacht Quarter, and the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation. He is also architect advisor to the Ministerial Advisory Group of the Department for Communities.