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Knock Down the House

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Rachel Lears

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 86min
Film Year: 2019
Category: Documentary Spotlight

Today the Bronx Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a leading voice of progressives, after being elected in November. It’s hard to remember that a year ago, she was virtually unknown and considered such a long shot to win the Democratic primary that scarcely any press paid attention to her. It was during that time when filmmaker Rachel Lears started following Ocasio-Cortez and three other working class women running for political office.

Lears captures Ocasio-Cortez when she’s still working as a bartender. She says, “They call it working class for a reason, because you are working non-stop.” We watch how she rises from obscurity to pull off one of the biggest political upsets of the year. The film documents that it wasn’t fluke but part of a fervent grassroots movement. As Ocasio-Cortez rises in prominence, this film will endure as a vital chronicle of her origin story.


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Director: Rachel Lears
Producer: Sarah Olson, Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick
Screenwriter: Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick
Executive Producer: Regina K. Scully, Stephanie Soechtig, Kristin Lazure
Production Company: Jubilee Films

Music: Ryan Blotnick
Cinematographer: Rachel Lears
Editor: Robin Blotnick

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

Rachel Lears

Rachel Lears is an American Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. Her documentary feature, The Hand that Feeds (14), was broadcast on PBS’s America Reframed and won awards at Full Frame, DOC NYC and AFI Docs. Knock Down the House (19) is her latest documentary and premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.