Review in Brief: Knock Down The House

Why is American politics so fascinating? Because it’s a real event. KOCK DOWN THE HOUSE is also one hell of an underdog story. The ideal candidate, and the only one with any real chance of success against an entrenched New York incumbent is “An insurgent, outside, grassroots candidate that’s a woman of colour from the Bronx”. Oh only all those things? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have ended up the only giant-killer among this group of passionate, driven and talented women, but all of their stories are compelling. The documentary crew stick very close to their subjects so we end up seeing little of their opponents, but that’s forgivable in highlighting those without heavyweight promotions teams. It’s captivating and inspiring and an antidote to being disengaged in modern politics; it’s a promising sign of what might have been, and also what still might be in the not-too-distant future. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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