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Netflix Pays $10M for Ocasio-Cortez Documentary That Won Award at Sundance

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congressional candidate from New York, waves during a rally, Friday, July 20, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

On Thursday, Netflix announced it had acquired the rights to Knock Down the House, a documentary featuring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) that won an award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The streaming company reportedly paid $10 million for the film.

“Netflix has acquired worldwide distribution rights to award-winning documentary Knock Down the House, which chronicles the campaigns of four female progressive candidates including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, against powerful incumbents in the 2018 midterm elections,” Netflix announced in a statement Thursday. “The film is directed by Rachel Lears and produced by Lears, Robin Blotnick, and Sarah Olson.”

Netflix released this synopsis:

When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant 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 was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry.

At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, Knock Down the House follows these four women as they decide to fight back despite having no political experience, setting themselves on a grassroots journey that will change their lives and their country forever.

Earlier this week, the Sundance Institute named Knock Down the House winner of the Festival Favorite Award.

Ocasio-Cortez made big news on Thursday, revealing her shoddy and absurd “Green New Deal” resolution. Among other things, her plan would involve eventually eliminating (or drastically reducing) cows, airplanes, and even nuclear power.

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