In 2018, 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 join a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Without political experience or corporate money, these four women are attempting to do what many consider impossible —

until one of them pulls off the most shocking political upset in recent American history.


After losing her father in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her family’s home from foreclosure. When her daughter died from an undiagnosed, 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 grew sick of burying family and friends to environmental illnesses caused by the coal industry. All four women understood that their lives were affected by politics, but as they dug deeper into the obstacles their families and communities faced, each discovered a brick wall: the influence of lobbyists and corporations on our political system.

At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, Amy, Alex, Cori and Paula decide to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever.

CREATIVE TEAM

Director, Producer, Cinematographer:
Rachel Lears
Producer, Editor:
Robin Blotnick
Producer: Sarah Olson


This documentary-in-progress has been supported by grants from the Solidaire Rapid Response Network, the Puffin Foundation and the Perspective Fund, as well as by hundreds of private donations large and small.  IFP is our fiscal sponsor.

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