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Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Film: 'Knock Down the House'


Dec 5, 2019
07:00 PM until 09:00 PM


Dec 5 in Piedmont @ EllenDriscoll Playhouse at 7pm; Dec 8 in Oakland at the New Parkway Theater @ 474 24th Street at 12:30pm

Join the Diversity Film Series for "Knock Down the House", winner of the Sundance Audience Award. Witness proof that modern grassroots movements have an impact, whether an election is won or not. "Knock Down the House" follows four exceptional women who mount grassroots campaigns in the 2018 midterm elections that tipped the balance of power. The film was directed by Rachel Lears.

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. Amy Vilela in Nevada, after losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, didn't know what to do with the anger she felt about America's broken health care system. Cori Bush of Missouri was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. In West Virginia, Paula Jean Swearegin 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, these women, and a vast army of political volunteers, build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful Congressional incumbents. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.

Following the Oakland screening Dec. 8, we will have Oakland District 2 City Councilmember Nikki Fortunato-Bas who will discuss her nontraditional path from political activism to elective politics.

The Series is sponsored by the City of Piedmont, the Adult School of the Piedmont Unified School District, and the Piedmont League of Women Voters. Admission is free, and no RSVP is required.

Presented by Piedmont Diversity Film Series



Free, no need to rsvp.


View map Ellen Driscoll Playhouse
325 Highland Avenue near the corner of Oakland avenue
Piedmont, CA

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Piedmont Diversity Film Series



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Juliann Chang

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