Knock Down the House

Sisters Truth To Power
Closed Captions
Director: Rachel Lears | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2019 | Length: 86 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 8+ years

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a young, bold Puerto Rican bartender from the Bronx, had to work double shifts to save her family’s home from foreclosure. She knows many of her neighbours are also hard-pressed to make a living. In order to bring representation to one of the most marginalised constituencies in America, Alexandria runs for office.

This film follows four women—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin—who join a movement of insurgent candidates to topple incumbents in an electric primary race for Congress. At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women—all political outsiders—unite to do what many consider impossible. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.

This seamlessly edited and heart-wrenching character story captures these four women’s unlikely journey to inspire Americans to get fired up about the new faces of politics. Director Rachel Lears gives viewers intimate and unprecedented access to the first days of Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign, revealing the candidate’s fierce fight to be elected the country’s youngest member of Congress.

Photo credits: (1) Netflix (2) Rachel Lears/Sundance Institute

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