In cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. The documentary follows Leilani Farha to understand the radical change that cities are now being confronted with and investigates why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Farha has for the past years been the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, with the right to hold governments accountable if they don’t meet the human rights obligations in the UN Human Rights Charter. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues?

Budapest150: How to make housing a right and not a commodity?


Fredrik Gertten
(1956, Malmö) is an award-winning director and journalist based in Malmö, Sweden, and owner and manager of the production company WG Film which he founded in 1994. Previously he worked as a foreign correspondent and columnist for radio, TV and press in Africa, Latin America, Asia and around Europe. Today he combines filmmaking with a role as a creative producer. His films have met audiences in 100 countries, including leading festivals. In Sweden the sale of FairTrade bananas went from 5 to 50 per cent of the sales after the release of the BANANAS!* films. In October 2017 he was named Honorary Doctor at Malmö University’s Faculty of Culture and Society, for his work as a documentary filmmaker.

Photo: Gerhard Jörén