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Knock Down the House (2019)

PG | | Documentary | 1 May 2019 (USA)
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A look at the people involved with various political campaigns during the 2018 U.S. congressional election.

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Rachel Lears
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ... Herself - U.S. House Candidate District New York
Cori Bush ... Herself - Running for Congress in Missouri's First District
Joe Crowley ... Himself - Congressman
Paula Jean Swearengin ... Herself - Running for Senate in West Virginia
Amy Vilela ... Herself - Running for Congress in Nevada's Fourth District
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isra Allison ... Herself - Brand New Congress
Zoltan Boka Zoltan Boka ... Himself - New York State Human Rights Commission
Ruschell Boone ... Herself
Saikat Chakrabarti ... Himself - Chief of Staff to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Sagar Deshpande ... Himself - Brand New Congress
Jozette Figueredo ... Herself - Amy's Daughter
Shalynne Figueredo Shalynne Figueredo ... Herself - Amy's Daughter (archive footage)
Jo-Ann Floyd-Whitehead ... Herself - Community Organizer
Christian Omar Gonzalez Christian Omar Gonzalez ... Himself (as Christian Gonzalez)
Darryl Gray ... Himself - Civil Rights Veteran (as Rev. Darryl Gray)
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Four exceptional women mount grassroots campaigns against powerful incumbents in Knock Down the House, an inspiring look at the 2018 midterm elections that tipped the balance of power. When tragedy struck her family in the middle of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts as a bartender 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, a registered nurse and pastor, was drawn to the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. A coal miner's daughter, Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer from the environmental effects of the coal industry. Written by Netflix

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and brief smoking. | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

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1 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Kentucky, USA See more »

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Of the four candidates featured in the film, only Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on to win her general election race. See more »

Connections

Features Face the Nation (1954) See more »

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Silent Night
Written by Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr
Performed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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UK based review not considering politics (until the end)
3 May 2019 | by faisalisatSee all my reviews

There's a lot of 1 star reviews and 10 star reviews which indicate political bias, I gave 8 stars for which I'll explain. Being based in the UK I have no party preferences in the US, I don't have any in the UK as I don't believe in the vote.

This documentary looks at the grassroots movement that took place in 2018 to get ordinary working class people (women of colour) into power against those taking money from big pharma/lobbies etc who are supposedly not really in it for the people.

It mainly follows 4 women who are trying to get into Congress. We hear personal stories such as that of Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearingen.

However, unless you've been living in a cave without internet, you've heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The newbie who is challenging Joe Crowley, unchallenged for 14 years and no one is expecting to be beaten.

It's the fact that AOC takes most of the screen time that those who oppose her views are giving 1 star reviews. Personally, I would say if you are after the journey it takes these women, in AOC's case a David v Goliath battle, you will enjoy this like I did.

To end politically, the reason why I don't vote is I don't believe that people are listened to, you have Brexit here in the UK and look at how the people were deceived by politicians to leave, now 2 years down the line, it's clear the Brexit we may well get is not the one we wanted. This is what happens when politicians stop serving for the people. In the USA, all sorts of money is donated to politicians for their campaigns, of course there is going to be reciprocal support when it comes to making laws, these will not favour the people but the corporations, the sooner this becomes more apparent, the better. No one should have to die because of the complexity of insurance and the profit driven motives of those corporations.


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