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Knock Down the House

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Outstanding docu about underdog congressional hopefuls.

Movie PG 2019 86 minutes
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age 11+

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age 12+

age 12+

The reality of "representation"

A documentary that was able to capture the energy and the fierceness of running for Congress when you are NOT rich. An awesome film that details the process of what it took in 2018 to get elected to Congress. At times inspiring, upsetting, and hopeful. It is incredible that we are at this juncture and we call this representation.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This vibrant, relevant documentary, released very soon after the events it depicts -- congressional elections of 2018 -- is as fresh and inspiring as the women it showcases. Winner of the 2019 Sundance's Audience Award: U.S. Documentary, Knock Down the House is a testament to Director Rachel Lears' commitment, professionalism, and instincts. She couldn't have known which, if any, of the inspirational women she opted to follow might win, and yet she compiled wonderful footage of all four of them. There are as many intimate moments with the candidates as there are public ones. Most certainly, outcomes dictated editing choices in the movie; emphasis is on the battle waged by Cortez, now a formidable voice for her community and her politics. Notably, the rooting interests here lie with the Democratic party. Cori, Alexandria, Paula Jean, and Amy are all Democrats, all novices as opposed to professional politicians, and all lean left. Highly recommended for folks of all political persuasions for its humanity and its portrait of contemporary women who are answering the call for citizen involvement in our elections.

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