Open Roof 2019: Push and Father Christmas
Four-piece psych-pop band Father Christmas kick the evening off with their genre-pushing sound followed by Push, the latest documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why people all over the world are struggling to live in their own cities. Across the globe, housing prices are skyrocketing and finding a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. In the GTA alone, the cost of homes has increased at nearly three times the rate of incomes. Enter Ottawa-based activist Leilani Farha, newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, who is fighting to define affordable housing as a fundamental human right. The film follows Farha, along with great thinkers like Joseph Stiglitz, Saskia Sassen and journalist Roberto Saviano, as she confronts the big business perpetrators who are putting profits ahead of the safety and security of the people.
The Festival will be partnering with a range of different local food trucks throughout the summer, including Fidel Gastro’s, Buster's Sea Cove and Rancho Relaxo, which will be the perfect pairing for a refreshing beer from ORF’s long-standing partner, Amsterdam Brewery.