See Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez In New Netflix Documentary 'Knock Down The House'
Netflix is dropping 'Knock Down the House' next week -- a documentary that tracks the historic journey of four women as they challenge powerful incumbents in US congress.
'Knock Down the House' follows the historic overturning of the House of Representatives majority that saw the Democrats reclaim control through the stories of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin.
The campaigns of all four women were grassroots political campaigns that built a powerful movement without prior political experience or corporate money.
The primary focus of the documentary is the outspoken superstar Democratic Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, a Puerto Rican bartender from the Bronx.
Ocasio-Cortez (otherwise known as AOC), worked double shifts at a bar to save her family's home and has become reputed as a representative of Hispanic groups and urban working class America.
AOC defeated 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley by nearly 15 percent in the 2018 primary elections for New York's 14th congressional district (which includes parts of the Bronx and north-central Queens).
Later in the year, AOC defeated Republican nominee Anthony Pappas in the general election with 78 percent of the vote.
All of the women the documentary tracks are recognised as a new wave of progressive Democrats but -- spoiler alert -- only AOC secured a seat in Congress.
All four of the candidates were selected by the groups Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress as part of a push for diversity in US politics.
Bush tried to end incumbent Lacy Clay's streak in Missouri's 1st congressional district after establishing herself as a community activist following the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson. However, she was defeated in the Democratic primary.
Meanwhile, Swearengin established herself as an environmental activist in West Virginia but ultimately lost to incumbent US Senator Joe Manchin, and Medicare For All activist Amy Vilela lost her primary bid in Nevada's 4th congressional district.
The documentary has been lauded as an inspiring watch for any end of the political spectrum and was received with rapturous applause at Sundance Film Festival.
'Knock Down the House' will be released on Netflix on May 1.