Two Must See Docs: Brené Brown and Knock Down the House

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Knock Down the House

Brené Brown: The Call to Courage and Knock Down the House are two new documentary films streaming on Netflix that are must see content for everyone.

Brené Brown: The Call to Courage

If you haven’t read any of Brené Brown’s books or seen her TED Talk, you’ve missed one of the most inspiring and brilliant thought leaders in the US.

Now one of her speeches before a large audience is available on Netflix in the form of this talk, The Call to Courage. It’s funny, truthful, moving, inspiring, bracing, and a call to action for us all.

I think Brené Brown is doing work that is so needed in America today. Every book she writes and every talk she gives are inspiring and supremely good.

Knock Down the House

Two groups, Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, dedicated to giving representation to the working class by helping send non-career politicians to Congress, recruited new candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

This documentary follows 4 such candidates as they ran for office. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York managed to win her race and is featured more than the others.

The other candidates were Cori Bush of Missouri, Paula Jean Swearengin of West Virginia, and Amy Vilela of Nevada. All three of them were excellent candidates but didn’t manage to overturn the entrenched Democrats in their state in the primary elections.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on the other hand, seemed to luck into a better support system for her race in the Bronx. She had many experienced political helpers and a big cadre of grassroots help from the people she wanted to represent.

Not every one of the 529 women who ran for office in 2018 won. But the fight isn’t over. People are continuing the fight in 2020. The director Rachel Lears talks about her hopes for the film in the video below.

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2 thoughts on “Two Must See Docs: Brené Brown and Knock Down the House”

  1. I have just watched “Knock Down the House.” I agree with you when you say it is a must-see documentary film.

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