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Film 4 Thought: Knock Down the House
May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT$5
Knock Down the House is the rare documentary about today’s American political landscape that might make you shed happy tears.
For months during 2018, director Rachel Lears followed four progressive Democratic candidates, all women, who ran primary campaigns against establishment Democrats in the midterm elections: Amy Vilela in Nevada, Cori Bush in Missouri, Paula Jean Swearengin in West Virginia, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York.
Only Ocasio-Cortez was ultimately successful in her bid, and Knock Down the House feels, in the end, as if it’s mostly her story. (The fact that she is incredibly charismatic doesn’t hurt; a scene in which she deconstructs the graphic design of her opponent’s campaign materials is unexpectedly unforgettable.)
Cost: $5 donation
Run time: 1 hr 21 minutes followed by a 15 minute discussion