Netflix acquires Sundance's hit Ocasio-Cortez documentary
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A documentary focused on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention More than 200 women, transgender inmates to be transferred from Rikers Island MORE (D-N.Y.) is headed for Netflix.

The media giant acquired the worldwide distribution rights to “Knock Down the House” it confirmed Thursday.


Ocasio-Cortez’s midterm election campaign was one of four political bids by progressive female candidates highlighted in the Sundance Film Festival audience-favorite winner. Deadline reports that Netflix acquired the "Knock Down the House" rights for a record $10 million.

The 29-year-old former bartender has seen her political profile skyrocket since her stunning primary upset last year against longtime Democrat Joseph Crowley (N.Y.).

Ocasio-Cortez has a huge social media following and is at the forefront of new liberal House efforts on climate change and health care.

Director Rachel Lears said the deal will allow the project to “reach huge audiences worldwide, including viewers who may not usually watch independent documentaries.”

“We’re also very excited to be working with Netflix on a campaign to spark wider cultural conversations about our democracy and how it can continue to evolve,” Lears said in a statement.