Push: The film

Landlords without faces, apartments without tenants, Push explores the new, un-livable city.

With housing now such a lucrative financial investment, how do we push back and reclaim the streets?

In November of 2016, award-winning filmmaker Fredrik Gertten reached out to Global Director Leilani Farha, then UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, on Twitter to learn more about her work. Three years later, feature length documentary Push has its global premiere in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Push follows Leilani as she investigates why cities around the world are becoming so unaffordable. 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?

You can watch Push online here: vimeo.com/ondemand/pushthefilm

In 2020, Leilani and Fredrik decided to continue the conversation they started with Push with a new podcast, #PUSHBACK Talks. Learn more here.


This weekend, Push is premiering virtually across the United States! From September 25th to October 8th, audiences can purchase a virtual “ticket” from their local cinema and watch from the comfort and safety of their home.



Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

*Part of the series, “Home Truths: Films About Housing Rights, Displacement, and the Meaning of Home”

Roxie Theater, San Francisco, CA

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, Berkeley, CA

Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol, Sebastopol, CA

Laemmle Theatres, Los Angeles, CA

Violet Crown, Santa Fe, NM

Violet Crown, Charlottesville, CA

Violet Crown, Austin, TX

Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH