Oxford Human Rights Festival screening: Rent Rebels
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Who this event is for
Chakrabarti Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
In the last few years European cities have changed a lot. Flats that once were unattractive are now being used as secure investment objects. The transformation into owner-occupied flats and massive rent increases become an everyday phenomenon. The visible tenant protests in the vibrant metropolis of Berlin are a reaction to the growing shortage of affordable housing.
This film is a kaleidoscope of the tenants’ struggles in Berlin against their displacement out of their neighbourhood communities. Ranging from the occupation of the Berlin town hall to a camp at Kottbusser Tor, the organised prevention of evictions and the struggle of senior citizens for their community center and age-appropriate flats, a new urban protest movement is on the rise.
We will be joined by film makers Gertrud Schulte Westenberg and Matthias Coers to talk about the film and answer your questions.