Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Skip Sundance Screening of Doc About Her Primary Campaign

Sundance 2019: “This film was made, with love, for people,” congresswoman tweets

Last Updated: January 26, 2019 @ 1:02 PM

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will not be attending a screening of “Knock Down the House,” a documentary about the freshman congresswoman during her primary race, at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday that because of “complications” from the government shutdown, she will miss the film’s premiere.

“For almost two years, a mom followed several women as we ran for Congress. I was one of them. Due to complications from the gov shutdown, I’m sad to say I’ll miss @jubileefilms’ premiere of ‘Knock Down the House,'” she tweeted. “This film was made, with love, for people.”

Ocasio-Cortez also shared a brief clip from the film that she says was made at the beginning of her and her peers’ journey, calling it “wild to see now.”

“Knock Down the House” follows four women, Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin, as they seek to topple incumbent candidates in the primary race for Congress. Only Ocasio-Cortez was successful in her congressional bid.

The film is directed by Rachel Lears and produced by Jubilee Films. It is playing at Sundance as part of the U.S. Documentary competition.

The government shutdown ended Friday after 35 days, the longest such shutdown in U.S. history.

See @AOC’s tweets below: