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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‏Previews Netflix Documentary 'Knock Down the House'

Netflix dropped the trailer for the upcoming documentary Knock Down the House on Monday, which follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other women in politics during the 2018 midterm elections. 

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, took to Twitter on Monday to share a brief tidbit about the film alongside the trailer. The film first premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January.

"Before my primary, three women & I agreed to film our journey of trying to run for office without big money," she tweeted Monday. "Now, #KnockDownTheHouse hits Netflix & select theaters next week, May 1st."

Knock Down the House features the stories of Ocasio-Cortez, former candidate congressional candidate Amy Vilela, 2020 congressional candidate Cori Bush, and former United States Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin. It will give a close look at the experiences during the 2018 midterm elections that shifted the political landscape and marked many historical wins for women, in particular. 

"Knock Down the House joins these courageous women on the campaign trail as they mobilize their bases, engage voters, and fuel a movement during a historic time in American politics," a Netflix description of the film reads.

The Knock Down the House trailer opens with Ocasio-Cortez discussing her background as a Bronx-born woman who grew up in a household where her mother cleaned houses to provide for her family. While she admitted to not initially seeing herself tackling a career in politics, she explained what drove her to do so.

"I never really saw myself going into politics," she said in the trailer. "Americans aren't asking for a lot. They're asking for politicians to help them get by."

In the trailer, Ocasio-Cortez said it was a "controversial" thing for women to take a stand politically. "I'm running because everyday Americans deserve to be represented by everyday Americans," she said. 

The documentary's trailer also gave a glimpse into what inspired Vilela, Bush, and Swearengin's political careers.

Knock Down the House is directed by Rachel Lears. At Sundance, the film was given the Festival Favorite Award. Netflix paid $10 million to secure the rights to the film.

'Knock Down The House' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pictured in a still for 'Knock Down The House,' out May 1, 2019. Netflix

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