Knock Down the House


Parkway Theater Mon, Apr 8, 2019 7:00 PM
The Main 1 Sat, Apr 13, 2019 2:00 PM
The Main 2 Wed, Apr 17, 2019 4:50 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:New American Visions
Women & Film
Spotlight: Disruption
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Culture & Society
Release Year:2019
Runtime:85 min
Festivals & Awards:Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award: Documentary
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Netflix
Director:Rachel Lears
Executive Producer:Regina K. Scully
Stephanie Soechtig
Kristin Lazure
Producer:Sarah Olson
Rachel Lears
Robin Blotnick
Cinematographer:Rachel Lears
Screenwriter:Rachel Lears
Robin Blotnick
Editor:Robin Blotnick
Composer:Ryan Blotnick
Principal Cast:Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Amy Vilela
Cori Bush
Paula Jean Swearengin


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..

Director Biography

Amy Goldstein

Rachel Lears earned her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from NYU, and was named a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow in 2013. Along with Knock Down The House, she is known for The Hand That Feeds (17).


"Any way you slice it, and even if you're not entirely in agreement with the various subjects' positions on Medicare for all or the Green New Deal, this film is a winner by a landslide." - Hollywood Reporter