See AOC, other female political candidates campaign in Netflix's Knock Down the House trailer
It’s a good time for political documentaries. With the 2020 election approaching, Americans across the country are cluing on different candidates’ positions and wondering which party might have the votes to bring home the presidency and/or Congress for the next term. But the 2018 midterm elections were exciting in their own right, propelling new rising stars like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) onto the political scene. On Monday, Netflix premiered the trailer for its upcoming documentary Knock Down the House, which profiled the 2018 campaigns of Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive congressional candidates.
The trailer focuses on four female candidates who ran in Democratic Party primaries in 2018. Each of them were driven to electoral politics by a compelling personal story. Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts as a bartender in order to help her family weather the financial crisis; Amy Vilela’s uninsured young daughter died after being denied emergency medical care; Cori Bush was inspired by the Ferguson protests against police brutality; and coal miner’s daughter Paula Jean Swearengin hated seeing her friends and family suffer from the environmental damage of the coal industry.
Ocasio-Cortez, though, was the only one of the four to win her race for office. Her star has risen steadily since, leading to her new spot on the TIME 100 list of influential people for 2019 (with a blurb written by 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren).
“She really is who she says she is,” director Rachel Lears recently told EW. “Even from when she was a kid, she was really playing around with cameras a lot. She has a comfort level from a very young age.”
Knock Down the House hits Netflix on May 1. Watch the trailer above, and check out the poster below.