Knock Down the House Film Screening

Four working class women run for Congress, overcoming adversity to battle powerful political machines in very different American landscapes.


Join the American Association of University Women at UofL and the University of Louisville Women's Center on a journey to explore the significant contributions women have made and are making in politics Wednesday November 13, 5pm, Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room. Free gourmet popcorn will be provided.

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, these four women decide to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. Without political experience or corporate money, they build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.

This event is part of the 2nd Annual Lead KY: University of Louisville.