Knock Down the House

Showed at Images 5/18/2019

Starring: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Amy Vilela, Jean Swearingen

The film will be followed by a discussion led by Geraldine Shen of Greylock Together.

"In order for one to get through, 100 of us have to try," was a call to action for women running for office in the 2018 mid-term elections. Winner of the US Documentary Audience Award and the Festival Favorite Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Knock Down the House breathlessly follows a new breed of female politicians working alongside a tireless collective of activists enraged by the state of American governance. In St. Louis, Cori Bush speaks eloquently about justice. Nevada’s Amy Vilela offers visions of an equitable health care system. West Virginia’s Paula Jean Swearingen promises a new kind of coal country. And in the Bronx, a gifted newcomer named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finds herself becoming 2018's breakout star. She is an unforgettable cinematic underdog, confiding her fears of failing her supporters, overcoming nerves at a debate practice, and, in a moment that will have audiences cheering, unexpectedly beating her big-money opponent.

  • Director: Rachel Lears
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The fighting spirit of this female quartet blazes through every frame of this galvanizing film.”

– Rolling Stone