Directed by Rachel Lears
While Knock Down The House is an inspirational story about success and failure in changing and altering the status quo, it is a distractible documentary and a great example of creating a movie on an uncertain pretense. This movie follows 4 women, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Paula Jean and Cori Bush as these women try to destroy the notion that women can’t run for Senate or Congress. The message here is phenomenal and really the driving force of the film. The way the film is presented on the other hand is not. It’s very clear that early on in development, the director decided to focus mostly on Ocasio-Cortez as she ran against Joe Crowley for Congress in New York. This makes sense as she is the most interesting and important person in this documentary, but it also feels like the other three women are simply forgot about and the narrative tries to slyly move away from talking about them. This is most likely due to the fact that perhaps they didn’t elicit the change they wanted to, but in that case, why not follow the American mindset and find out why that was? The movie’s balance is all out of wack and almost just feels like it should be a full on documentary about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which honestly would have been just as impactful and much easier to digest. It is an important statement on the current 1% leaning political climate of the US, but could have used some fine tuning in the editing and structuring departments.
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As someone who thinks about politics for 15 hours a day, there’s nothing particularly exciting about this AOC focused doc, but I do like that it highlights so well the fears of established political parties. This is a story of people realizing there is power in organization, younger generations are rejecting the idea of parties and just want to get things done, and really that’s it’s possible to topple them. It is an inspiring story, and I do hope AOC has a successful career, however it does seem the democrats are willing to do anything do destroy that radical wing of the party.
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