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Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast
20 University Square, BT7 1PA Belfast, United Kingdom
Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle — Belfast screening + Q&A.
For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain.
The film focuses on the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates across the UK and investigates how the state works with the private sector to demolish council estates to build on the land they stand on, making properties that are unaffordable to the majority of people.
Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Dearbhaille Heaney (founder, The Holding Project), Fionnuala Kennedy (playwright and theatre-maker, 'Hostel'), Seán Brady (Participation and Practice of Rights), Kiran Acharya (Associate Producer, 'Dispossession'), chaired by PLACE Board Member Ciarán Cuffe (architect and urban planner).
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«A timely lecture on humanity» – The Times
«A carefully balanced, clear headed study of the myriad of ways the UK property market has skewed and malfunctioned.”
– The Guardian
“An important and timely film.” – The Observer
»The housing crisis is one of our nation’s biggest scandals and this film shows us it’s deliberate. A must see independent film."
– Michael Sheen
«Perhaps the most important British film since I, Daniel Blake.»
– The Big Issue