09
May
2019
Washington
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th Street, NW
Entrance on E St
Washington, DC  20004
United States of America
Dear Rotary Movie Fans -- Please join us Thursday, May 9, 2019, for the 47th Ed O'Brien ROTARY MOVIE NIGHT featuring "Knock Down the House." 
 
Film:   KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE
                   
Date:     2nd Thursday, MAY 9, 2019
 
Time:     Meet at 7:00 PM in the lobby to pick up tickets;
                      Movie starts at 7:30 PM.
 
Where:    Landmark E Street Cinema 
                    555 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC  20004 
                    Entrance on E Street
METRO:  Metro Center

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SUMMARY:  Four exceptional women mount grassroots campaigns against powerful incumbents in Knock Down the House, an inspiring look at the 2018 midterm elections that tipped the balance of power.

     When tragedy struck her family in the middle of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts as a bartender to save her home from foreclosure.

     After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn't know what to do with the anger she felt about America's broken health care system.

     Cori Bush, a registered nurse and pastor, was drawn to the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood.

     A coal miner’s daughter, Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer from the environmental effects of the coal industry.

     Winner of the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary and the Festival Favorite Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, 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.    Directed by Rachel Lears (The Hand That Feeds).  
1 hr., 27 mins.

 

5 Stars on Rotten Tomatoes * * * * *

Critic reviews:  
The exuberant documentary Knock Down the House tracks four women who ran for Congress in 2018, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.   Manohla Dargis  -- The NYTimes
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the inherent and more crucial message in this probing film is that many women would have to fail in order for one to succeed.  Peter Travers -- Rolling Stone
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This vibrant, relevant documentary, released very soon after the events it depicts -- Congressional Elections 2018 -- is as fresh and inspiring as the women it showcases. 
    --Renee Schonfeld -- Common Sense Media