A week from today, Netflix will be releasing Rachel Lears’ highly-anticipated documentary Knock Down the House to its streaming platform. The documentary comes on the heels of Netflix’s inspirational Homecoming, which follows Queen Bey through her entire, epic performance at Coachella in 2018. Knock Down the House, a political rather than live concert film, is as inspirational as political documentaries come and happens to have followed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the months before AOC became a national, household set of initials.
Knock Down the House follows four, first-time, female candidates who ran for house seats leading up to the 2018 midterm elections. AOC promoted Lears’ film on Monday via Twitter. “Before my primary, three women & I agreed to film our journey of trying to run for office without big money,” she tweeted. Knock Down the House originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, winning the Festival Favorite Award. According to Newsweek, Netflix paid $10 million for the film rights following its Sundance screening.
There’s the AOC we know, of course, who has the same refreshing, light-hearted candor she still has despite having over three million followers on both Instagram and Twitter. “If I was a rational person, I would’ve dropped out of this race a long time ago,” we see her quip at the opening of the newly released trailer, wearing white gloves in an elevator. Why? Who knows, but it’s probably because she’s doing something awesome. AOC’s critics, of course, have already latched onto this out-of-context quote as an admission that Ocasio-Cortez is “not rational.” You know, because women, especially outspoken ones, are typically irrational.
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Also in the documentary are three other female leaders who were ultimately unable to win their uphill bids for house seats, including Cori Bush of Missouri, who has already put herself in the running for the next Democratic primaries; coal miner’s daughter Paula Jean Swerengin of West Virginia, who was inspired by the state of public health and the effects of pollution; and Amy Vilela of Nevada who faced tragic, personal loss due to a lack of health insurance coverage for her family. Variety found that their commonalities lay in their progressive ideals of populism, Medicare for all, their reliance upon small donors (and refusal of corporate PAC donations), and their willingness to break from the party line.