Today the Bronx Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a leading voice of progressives, after being elected in November. It’s hard to remember that a year ago, she was virtually unknown and considered such a longshot to win the Democratic primary that scarcely any press paid attention to her. It was during that time when filmmaker Rachel Lears started following Ocasio-Cortez and three other working class women running for political office. Lears captures Ocasio-Cortez when she’s still working as a bartender. She says, “They call it working class for a reason, because you are working non-stop.” We watch how she rises from obscurity to pull off one of the biggest political upsets of the year. The film documents that it wasn’t fluke, but part of a fervent grassroots movement. As Ocasio-Cortez rises in prominence, this film will endure as a vital chronicle of her origin story.

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin
  • Rachel Lears
  • Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick
  • 86 minutes
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