Knock Down The House: a doc about four women of the 2018 election

Knock Down The House: a doc about four women of the 2018 election May 2, 2019
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This documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year and is now available on Netflix. It documents the primary campaigns of four female Democratic candidates who decide to run for the seats in Congress: Amy Vilela of Nevada, Cori Bush of Missouri, Paula Jean Swearengin of West Virginia, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Each of these candidates was chosen through the efforts of two organizations made up of people who supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential campaign.

What stands out about these four female candidates is twofold: They have never run or won a race for elected office; and they represent gender and ethnic diversity. Taking on the House and the Senate, which are made up of mostly white males, would not be easy. In fact, only Ocasio-Cortez, or “AOC” as she is widely known, won her primary election.his documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year and is now available on Netflix.

Each woman has a story that motivated her to run. Vilela lost her 22-year-old daughter, who went to the hospital with signs of a blood clot but was refused care because she could not find her insurance information. Bush’s district includes Ferguson, Missouri, where riots broke out in 2014 after the shooting of Michael Brown. Swearengin tells of how she comes from one of the poorest states in the nation and that no one in America should have to beg for clean water. Ocasio-Cortez, a waitress and bartender with a college education, stands up for working people and against corporate interests in the political process.

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