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Knock Down the House

Tuesday, August 4
12:00pm

Location: Netflix

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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.

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  • Genre

    Documentary, Politics, Women's Interest, Discover Together

  • Runtime

    87 min

  • Section

    Discover Together

  • Release Year

    2019

  • Director

    Rachel Lears

  • Producer

    Robin Blotnick, Rachel Lears, Sarah Olson

  • Subject

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin

  • Country

    USA