Knock Down the House
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