Push is 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 event is programmed in collaboration with the MAC, as part of their current exhibition series exploring the notion of ‘land’ and the complex relationship between memory, identity and place. 

There will be a panel discussion following the film, chaired by Dr Agustina Martire from QUB, involving Ciaran Mackel from UU, representatives from charity PPR and Eoin Ó Broin TD, author of HOME: why public housing is the answer (Merrion Press 2019).


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