Knock Down the House
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2019 | Rachel Lears | USA | English | CC not available | 86 min | PG
When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn’t know what to do with the anger she felt about America’s broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry.
At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women decide to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. Without political experience or corporate money, they build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.
“Even though we know the outcome…the campaign progress remains enthralling. Mostly because it’s a fascinating snapshot of modern politics in flux…and a hopeful, ultimately moving account of idealism in action.” —
Kevin Maher, Times (UK)
“An energetic look inside history as its being made, even when the results aren’t always the ones that are so fervently hoped for.” — Kate Erbland, indieWire
“KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE prevails with albeit straight-forward intentions: to amplify the women who are both mad as hell and doing something about it.” — Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com