The emotional new Netflix documentary featuring inspiring women in politics

Netflix has released a powerful new trailer for a documentary about the inspiring women who ran for congressional office in America in 2018…. and it had us making a beeline for the tissues.

Called Knock Down the House, the moving documentary directed by Rachel Lears centres on the four women who ran for Democrat congressional seats, including Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the popular 29-year-old politician famous for taking a stand against Donald Trump.

Inspiring female politicians Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearengi also feature in the documentary; which will be released on Netflix in the UK on May 1.

“If I was a rational person, I would have dropped out of this race a long time ago,” Alexandria, commonly referred to as AOC, says in the opening sequence of the emotional trailer.

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Before entering politics, the determined young politician, who eventually won the Democrat congressional seat, worked two jobs in order to make ends meet.

“My mum cleaned houses growing up – I never really saw myself going into politics. Americans aren’t asking for a lot, they’re just asking for politicians to help them get by.

“I’m running because everyday Americans deserve to be represented by everyday Americans,” the trailer shows the amazing woman – who advocates for a stronger government stance on climate change, gun control and affordable healthcare – saying.

The moving documentary brings to light the adversity women face when trying to break into the political establishment.

“I just don’t want to let them down,” an emotional AOC is shown saying of her voters.

The documentary trailer quickly garnered attention on Twitter from excited fans, with one user writing: “Wait I desperately need to have a watch party for Knock Down The House (AOC documentary) so that I'm not crying/cheering alone.”

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“Clearing my schedule to watch this on repeat!” wrote another.

“I’m coming home from work on Wednesday, May 1, ready for my life to be thrown into shambles then picked back up by this here documentary. The Bronx loves you, @AOC. THANK YOU FOR YOUR BRAVERY AND WORK,” Tweeted another fan of the firebrand politician.

Netflix paid a staggering £7.7m for the rights to Knock Down The House following its premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January.

“I can do this,” the amazing woman is shown reassuring herself in the documentary.

Yes she can! And we can’t wait to see it.

Amy Hunt

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