Knock Down The House Knock Down The House

Community Screening at Housing Works Bookstore

​**Spaces are limited so please RSVP**

Join us for a free screening of Knock Down the House, a documentary directed by Rachel Lears that follows the incredible stories of four women who decide to run for office against all odds—New York’s own Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nevada’s Amy Vilela, Missouri’s Cori Bush, and West Virginia’s Paula Jean Swearengin. 

​After the screening, stay for a short discussion on Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign with some of the people who worked on it.
About Knock Down the House:

At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these women set themselves on a journey that changed their lives and country forever.

The day after Donald Trump​’s election, Rachel Lears began working on her new documentary film. She reached out to organizations such as ​Brand New Congress​ and Justice Democrats​ to find “charismatic female candidates who weren’t career politicians, but had become newly galvanized to represent their communities.” 

The search led her to four female candidates: ​Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez​ of New York, Amy Vilela​ of Nevada, Cori Bush​ of Missouri, and Paula Jean Swearengin​ of West Virginia.

Watch the trailer at​

Screening dates and locations are subject to change, so we encourage you to reach out to the host to confirm event details before attending.

Host & Event Details

Housing Works Bookstore Host
Aug 19 2019 Date
6:00pm - 8:30pm Time
Housing Works Bookstore Location
126 Crosby Street New York, New York 10012 United States Address

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The Story

When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant 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 was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry.

At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women decide to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. Without political experience or corporate money, they build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.

Meet The Filmmakers

Jubilee Films Enterprise Documentary Fund Gucci Chicago Media Project Solidaire Threshold Foundation Perspective Atlas Films Artemisrising Foundation Doc Society Tribeca Film Institute Oath The Puffin Foundation IFP