Knock Down the House

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  86 min.
Release Date: May 6, 2019 - Toronto - TIFF Bell Lightbox
Netflix: May 1, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
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Cast: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Joe Crowley, Paula Jean Swearengin, Amy Vilela


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.

Director: Rachel Lears
Studio: Netflix
Producer(s): Sarah Olson, Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick
Screenplay: Robin Blotnick, Rachel Lears
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  • 5 stars "Upbeat, inspiring profiles of 2018 challengers to entrenched Democrat politicians in Congress. Shows how hard it is to make change, but also how change is possible."
  • 5 stars "This documentary featuring the Ocasio-Cortez campaign won the coveted Sundance film festival audience award."