Knock Down the House


Isabel Bader Theatre Sun, Apr 28, 2019 6:15 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Mon, Apr 29, 2019 4:00 PM
Fox Theatre Fri, May 3, 2019 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, May 4, 2019 1:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:America
Politics & Political Intrigue
Women Trailblazers & Rule Breakers
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Rachel Lears
Producer(s):Rachel Lears
Robin Blotnick
Sarah Olson
Editor(s):Robin Blotnick
Writer(s):Rachel Lears
Robin Blotnick
Composer:Ryan Blotnick
Tyler Wood


A young woman from the Bronx working hard to make money as a bartender. A Virginian coal miner's daughter who has personally seen how pollutants have devastating impacts on health. A nurse from St. Louis who tended to the wounded from the Ferguson riots. A mom from Nevada who lost her daughter after a hospital wouldn't treat her brain clot due to a lack of health insurance. Four women from different parts of America have seen their respective communities struggle, and instead of sitting idly by, they vow to take action by running for Congress. Through the early days of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign to races all across a fiercely divided United States, we witness a band of determined women and their supporters, all fighting to make sure the voices of those who have been underrepresented and marginalized can finally be heard. Gabor Pertic

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Additional Information

  • NOW - 5 Stars, "I cheered. You will, too."
  • NOW - Knock Down The House reminds us what hope feels like
  • BlogTO - 10 Movies getting the biggest advance buzz at Hot Docs 2019
  • Toronto Star - "Knock Down the House lets Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez propel it with rousing energy."
  • POV - "It’s thrilling to watch a film that makes change seem possible."
  • Variety - "Emotional doc."