‘Knock Down the House’ Director Recalls Filming Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Victory (Video)

Sundance 2019: Rachel Lears discusses the highs and lows of following four women who run for Congress

Last Updated: February 26, 2019 @ 2:41 PM

When filming “Knock Down the House,” Rachel Lears was worried at one point that none of the women she followed in their campaigns for Congress would be successful.

But then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off her stunning upset in the Bronx, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives.

“It was a really incredible experience going through that election day and night with her,” Lears told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at the Sundance Film Festival. “I was a little delirious filming for 30 straight days, probably, but it was a pretty amazing night.”

Along with Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign, “Knock Down the House” follows three other progressive women with working class backgrounds who, after Donald Trump’s election, decided to run for Congress in the 2018 midterms. As they jumped into the election, they faced incumbents and other contenders that had the support of the Democratic party.

St. Louis nurse Cori Bush ran against nine-term Congressman Lacy Clay for a seat once held by Clay’s father. Paula Jean Swearengin, the daughter of a West Virginia coal miner, tried to run against the centrist Democrat Sen. Joe…

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