Knock Down the House

Knock Down the House ★★★★½

I loved this documentary. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the campaigns of four women striving to become members of Congress. A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner's daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of rebel candidates to challenge powerful people in Congress. Rather than just sitting back and complaining about how bad things are in the country, these women make tremendous sacrifices to become part of the democratic process.You learn how even though an aspiring candidate in the Bronx theoretically needs only 2500 signatures to make it on the ballot, because the election officials have the power to discount any signature that is not clear, they actually had to obtain 10,000 signatures. I highly recommend this documentary- not just to people interested in the political structure, but to anyone curious about the actual workings of the democratic process in America and one of their races will become the most shocking political upsets in recent American history.