19. Knock Down The House
Release Year: 2019
A smart and timely documentary that happened to be at the right place at the right time, Knock Down The House follows freshmen candidates running for office as they fight the norms to allow new voices to rise up and speak for the very first time. The four candidates are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Amy Vilela and Paula Jean Swearengen as they fight for what they believe in during the primary campaigns for the 2018 congressional midterm elections.
It’s a wholly inspirational movie about women rising to the occasion after becoming disillusioned by the political environment and making sure they do something about it. Rachel Lears co-writes and directs the feature with co-writer Robin Blotnick, taking a simplistic documentary filmmaking approach to tell the story of these four women as they look for a place in the system that they can bring swift change to.
And it does get inspiring, even despite whichever political leaning you find yourself in. It’s both sprawling and intimate in its take, able to tell a larger tale of a rising voice in America and what it means for what’s to come.
Netflix picked up Knock Down the House at the Sundance Film Festival, and promises to be a needed voice at the right time. It’s currently available, so don’t miss it this fall!