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O que vai acontecer aqui?
// What’s going to happen here?

Watch here https://vimeo.com/357310878

A documentary movie about the social movement advocating the right to live in the city of Lisbon, at a time when the various fights for the urban space have increased – the result of the expansion of finance capitalism that concentrates wealth in the hands of a few people, and increases social inequalities.
A documentary about those who challenge the transformation of the city into a merchandise, those who disobey in front of injustice by building power structures for and with the ones who need a place to live.
A documentary by Left Hand Rotation in collaboration with Stop Despejos and Habita!

No country for the poor

For more information visit https://www.nocountryforthepoor.com/

What if democracy fails citizens by not serving them all equally? What if inequality becomes the norm and the most vulnerable citizens are left behind with no money, no home, no rights, and no country of their own? In Hungary, the government has slashed social benefits and criminalized homelessness, but a group of activists, homeless and middle class, is confronting authorities to defend social justice and their right to be citizens. After the tragic death of two of its founding members, the group feels that Hungary is growing more hostile and their struggle is more important than ever. Despite all odds, their own community keeps them going—a mini-society with democracy and solidarity at its heart, an island of hope, belonging and dignity in a society gradually shifting the other way.
A documentary in collaboration with A Város Mindekie (The City is for All)

Push, the Film

Watch on demand here https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pushthefilm

Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unliveable cities and an escalating crisis that has an effect on us all. This is not gentrification, it’s a different kind of monster.
The film follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she’s traveling the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why. “I believe there’s a huge difference between housing as a commodity and gold as a commodity. Gold is not a human right, housing is,” says Leilani.
Watch more films from Fredrik Gertten here: vimeo.com/wgfilm/vod_pages

Cerca de tu casa
// At your doorstep

Watch on demand [Spain only] here http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/version-espanola/version-espanola-cerca-tu-casa/4577678/

Cerca De su Casa is a musical about the reality of the evictions during the recent property crisis in Spain and tells the story of a married couple with a 10-year-old child who lose their apartment and live with parents as the new home comes under a threat, as it was used as a guarantee on their mortgage. The soundtrack of the movie was composed by the singer Silvia Pérez Cruz, who also plays Sonia, the main character in the film. A musical about the crisis and forced evictions has been a brilliant and powerful way adopted by Eduard Cortés, the director of Cerca De Su Casa to give reality we know so well, a more emotional and unpredictable new look.

Le Poids du Léger (short film)

Le Réseau Brabançon pour le Droit au Logement (RBDL) présente “Le Poids du Léger”. En Région Wallonne, plus de 10 000 personnes vivent de façon permanente dans des habitations qui ne sont pas reconnues. En raison de critères de salubrité et d’aménagement du territoire, l’Administration considère l’habitat léger comme une infraction. Que ce soit dans les campings, parcs et domaines, en zone agricole ou forestière ou dans le fond de son jardin, l’habitat léger reste illégal et irrecevable.
Un film de Olivier Praet et Matthias Förster
Avec la participation de Jeanine, Anne-Sylvie, Adrien, Vincent, Maryline, Antoinette, Viliane, Serge.
Une production du Centre culturel du Brabant wallon dans le cadre de “L’habitat léger en fête” – 26 septembre 2015.

A început ploaia
//
It started raining: Fighting for the right to housing in Bucharest

Watch here https://vimeo.com/205064103

Accordingly to Amnesty International, in Romania ‘the right to housing is not effectively recognized or protected by national legislation’ and Roma people are ‘disproportionally affected’ by forced evictions. A început ploaia/It started raining is the first feature documentary narrating the full history of, and reasons behind, this continuous harassment and displacement. The film follows the story of the Vulturilor 50 community of Bucharest (100 individuals), who dwelt on the street from September 2014 to June 2016 in order to fight against the eviction from their home, enacting the longest and most visible protest for housing right in the history of contemporary Romania. The vicissitudes of this community are interpolated with a number of interviews with activists, scholars and politicians, composing a picture that speaks of racial discrimination, homelessness, evictions, but also of grassroots practices of resistance and social change. A început ploaia is the touching testament to the everyday revolution of Roma people fighting evictions from the centre of Bucharest, an endeavour made of fragile dwellings, provisional makeshifts and tenuous – but fierce – occupancy of public space.
Written, researched and directed by Michele Lancione
Produced by A Community Productions
More info at ainceputploaia.com

Ekümenopolis: Ucu olmayan sehir
// Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits

Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maEcPKBXV0M

Especially in the past 10 years, as the World Bank foresaw in its reports, Istanbul has been changing from an industrial city to a finance and service-centered city, competing with other world cities for investment. Making Istanbul attractive for investors requires not only the abolishment of legal controls that look out for the public good, but also a parallel transformation of the users of the city. This means that the working class who actually built the city as an industrial center no longer has a place in the new consumption-centered finance and service city. So what is planned for these people? This is where the “urban renewal” projects come into play. Armed with new powers never before imagined, TOKI (State Housing Administration), together with the municipalities and private investors, are trying to reshape the urban landscape in this new vision. With international capital behind them, land plans in their hands, square meters and building coefficients in their minds, they are demolishing neighborhoods, and instead building skyscrapers, highways and shopping malls. But who do these new spaces serve?

(…) Ecumenopolis aims for a holistic approach to Istanbul, questioning not only the transformation, but the dynamics behind it as well. From demolished shantytowns to the tops of skyscrapers, from the depths of Marmaray to the alternative routes of the 3rd bridge, from real estate investors to urban opposition, the film will take us on a long journey in this city without limits. We will speak with experts, academics, writers, investors, city-dwellers, and community leaders; and we will take a look at the city on a macro level through animated maps and graphics.

The Big Short

In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett, hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.

Alles Flex?
// All Flex? The Future of Work

Watch here https://vimeo.com/167414979

In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett, hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.

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