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PUSH – The Film for National Housing Day
November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN), United Way Niagara and the Niagara Artists Centre are excited to co-present a free screening of ‘PUSH – The Film’ in partnership with The Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. PUSH – The Film will be featured at The Film House on Sunday, November 22 at 7pm. A thirty-minute moderated panel discussion will take place following the film to bring attention to, and discuss, the current housing landscape in Niagara. Online tickets may be access via the PAC – https://firstontariopac.ca/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=EventArticle-Fall2020FILM-Push&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=
PUSH is an internationally recognized documentary that follows Canada Without Poverty executive director, Leilani Farha, in her role as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as she investigates the global housing market and asks, “How can we build cities that we can all afford to live in?” Follow Farha’s journey around the world to look at the effects hyper-commodified housing is having on communities and neighbourhoods.
“As anti-poverty activists, we need to be advancing the conversation on social justice in every way that we can. Art is one of the greatest tools at our disposal— for telling stories about justice and injustice, and for imagining a powerful way forward. The NPRN movie project is thus a wonderful next step”, shared Aidan Johnson, Chair of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.
“Bringing this film to Niagara provides a unique opportunity to hear about key learnings and the possibilities for real change to Niagara’s housing landscape. Having an individual’s lived experience perspective as part of the panel discussion afterwards will allow United Way to hear firsthand the ways in which we can invest in concrete housing security solutions”, states Frances Hallworth, executive director of United Way Niagara.
Christina Thomas, Niagara Resident: Christina Thomas is a community leader in the Western Hill neighbourhood of St. Catharines, a member of the Rykert Volunteer Committee, and a participant in several other community initiatives throughout St. Catharines.
Jeffrey Sinclair, at Niagara Region: Jeffrey Sinclair is the project lead for the Niagara Region’s Ten-year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, which provides a collaborative system approach for addressing housing and homelessness needs in response to identified local needs.
Elisabeth Zimmermann, Executive Director of YWCA Niagara Region: Elisabeth Zimmermann is the Executive Director of the YWCA Niagara Region, a non-profit organization working with homeless women and their families, providing emergency shelter, transitional supported housing, ongoing supported services and advocacy.
About NPRN: NPRN is working collectively to wipe out poverty through education, collaboration and advocacy to address poverty’s root causes in Niagara.
About United Way Niagara: United Way Niagara addresses our community’s most complex social issues and mobilizes people to create a positive impact. United Way focuses on moving people out of poverty toward prosperity, building a strong and healthy community and ensuring children and families have the opportunity to succeed.
About the Film House: The Film House is the best place in Niagara to experience the rich world of cinema. Located in the lowest level of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, The Film House also features popcorn, cold beer, and fine Niagara wines. The film program is led by the Niagara Artists Centre, a non-profit Artist-run Centre.