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Netflix Tackles the 2018 Midterms

Apr 22, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A project premiering next week on Netflix delves into the 2018 midterm elections — specifically the efforts of four women who ran for Congress. The streaming service released a trailer today for the documentary “Knock Down the House,” which you can watch below.

The project launches on Netflix on May 1 and is being released to selected theaters.

Here’s what Netflix says in promotional material for the project:

“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.

“Winner of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary and the Festival Favorite Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Knock Down the House joins these courageous women on the campaign trail as they mobilize their bases, engage voters, and fuel a movement during a historic time in American politics.”

The project is directed by Rachel Lears (“The Hand That Feeds”); written by Lears and Robin Blotnick (“The Hand That Feeds”); and produced by Lears, Blotnick, and Sarah Olson (“Fed Up”).

Here’s the trailer …

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