Knock Down The House + Q&A

Knock Down The House + Q&A

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Film

Please note: This was screened in Dec 2019

Director:
Rachel Lears
Cast:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearingen, Amy Vilela
Duration:
2019, USA
Primary language:
English

The Doc Society present a FREE screening followed by a panel discussion of the inspiring and award-winning documentary, Knock Down The House - a behind the scenes look at four exceptional women who mount campaigns against powerful incumbents during the 2018 US midterm elections, tipping the balance of power and making history.

When tragedy struck her family in the middle of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts as a bartender 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, a registered nurse and pastor, was drawn to the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighbourhood. A coal miner’s daughter, Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer from the environmental effects of the coal industry.

Winner of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary and the Festival Favourite Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Knock Down the House joins these courageous women on the campaign trail as they mobilize their bases, engage voters, and fuel a movement during a historic time in American politics.

This event is presented in association with Doc Society, 50/50 Parliament, The Parliament Project, Vote For Your Future and Young Women's Trust.

Join us for a post screening discussion with Sophie Walker - CEO Young Women's Trust, Kat Wall - a trainer, facilitator and researcher working on themes of collective liberation, powers and privilege and Emma Hotchkiss who is a member of the Young Women's Trust Advisory Board.