A documentary about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) political rise won the coveted audience award at the Sundance Film Celebration.
The film, entitledKnock Down your house, is not strictly about the socialist congresswoman from New york city who is increasingly understood solely as AOC. Instead, it is a film following the main campaigns of 4 female candidates– only one of whom is Ocasio-Cortez– that caught the interest of the movie’s manufacturer, Rachel Lears. Not only was AOC the only one of the four to win her main, but she went on to win the election, and become Washington’s political “it girl” of the season.
Audience Award: U.S. Documentary Competition Presented by @Acura, goes to KNOCK DOWN YOUR HOME, directed by Rachel Lears. #Sundance pic.twitter.com/r4GdPc0NB5
— SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) February 3, 2019
The other three females in the movie, Amy Vilela (NV), Cori Bush (MO), and Paula Jean Swearengin (WV), were in the theater and got a gushing five-minute standing ovation, according to HotAir.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was originally intending on making the journey to Sundance however canceled, declaring that “problems from the gov. shutdown” would avoid the journey. However film fans were wowed when the Congresswoman made an unannounced video see through Skype.
” I’m still recovering from the tears myself,” AOC told the Sundance audience. “I’m simply so thankful that this moment for all four people was caught and recorded not simply for the individual significance of it but for daily individuals to see that yes, this is extremely difficult, yes, the odds are long however also that yes, this deserves it.”
@AOC Documentary, Knock Down the Home was as powerful and uncomfortable as you can envision entering. A 5 minutes standing ovation after the movie says this one will be a pricey acquisition and simple Oscar campaign. Simply Extraordinary! #SundanceFilmFestival2019 pic.twitter.com/npUTnxMasH
— Mat Levy (@PRfilms_Mat) January 28, 2019
The film has already shown a hit for producer-director Lears after winning a 6 million dollar quote from Netflix.
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