Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Cancels Sundance Appearance Due To Shutdown ‘Complications’

Written by on January 29, 2019

Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was already scheduled to appear at the Sundance Film Festival to support the documentary “Knock Down the House”, but with the recent government shutdown, Ocasio-Cortez had to cancel.

In a tweet, Ocasio-Cortez explained that she had to withdraw her appearance due to “complications from the [government] shutdown.” She sent her support, however, to the film, saying it was made “with love, for people.”

“Knock Down the House”, directed by Rachel Lears, follows four women, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin, and Ocasio-Cortez, as they campaigned to defeat incumbent candidates in the primary race for Congress. The film will screen at Sundance on Sunday.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat who hails from New York, is the youngest woman ever to win a seat in the United States House of Representatives.

“Knock Down the House” is one of the most highly-anticipated non-fiction documentaries screening at the Sundance Film Festival. The lineup includes stories about disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, sex therapist Dr. Ruth, and the child molestation accusations against the late singer Michael Jackson.

The House and the Senate passed a bill on Friday to end the shutdown and reopen the government, CNBC reported. The shutdown, which lasted for 35 days, was the longest in US history. The bill includes government funding for three weeks until February 15 and a continued discussion about border security. Funding for Trump’s proposed border wall was not mentioned, despite the president’s insistence to demand a $5.7 billion budget to build the wall.

“I hope the experience of the last 35 days has taught us that we should never repeat this exercise of shutting down government again

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