Netflix is releasing a new documentary “Knock the House Down” which depicts the inspiring journeys of four women who ran on progressive platforms in the 2018 midterm elections.
On May 1, Netflix viewers will be able to hear the campaign stories of Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
In the film, Ocasio-Cortez recalls her childhood, describing her mother who cleaned houses for a living, sharing how she never thought politics was an option for her.
“If I was a rational person, I would have dropped out of this race a long time ago,” Ocasio-Cortez said as she ran in the primaries against Former Rep. Joe Crowley, who hadn’t had a primary challenger in 14 years.
Also featured in the film is Amy Vilela, who ran for Congress in Nevada and was inspired to campaign based on her daughter’s tragic death without health insurance.
“It’s not just our family, it’s 30,000 families a year losing loved ones because they don’t have insurance,” she proclaimed. “I’m not going to allow my daughter to have died for nothing.”
Watch the trailer below:
Activist Cori Bush described her rise to politics as a congressional candidate from Missouri, saying “I wasn’t trying to become an activist, I live six minutes from Ferguson.”
“The problems we have in our district, we ourselves can fix,” Bush declared, adding that women of color are often unjustly scrutinized and not represented.
Paula Jean Swearengin, who contested Sen. Joe Manchin in a Democratic primary, described her motivation to genuinely fight for the future of coal miners in West Virginia.
“I come from a long line of coal miners,” she said. “We’ve been collateral damage.”
The film is set to release on Netflix on May 1.