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SAVE THE DATE: Screening of 'Knock Down the House'

Blue poster for the movie 'Knock Down the House'

To coincide with Black History Month, GEMS are thrilled to be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary 'Knock Down the House', at 5.30pm on Wednesday 9th October, 2019 at the University of Strathclyde.

A panel discussion will follow the screening, and our speakers will be announced soon!

The screening is free and open to all, so stay tuned for more details on how to register. In the meantime, you can find out more about the documentary below and at


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.

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