Politics and media have intersected every since we’ve had politics and media. Two recent documentaries: Knock Down the House and Running With Beto show that these types of portraits exist long after the race has finished and the position won or lost.
Currently streaming on Netflix, Knock Down the House follows the 2018 primary campaigns of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin. Debuting on May 28 on HBO, Running With Beto follows his 2018 challenge to Ted Cruz’s Texas Senate seat.
This approach of using past events in the present tense certainly isn’t new to documentary, yet there is something specifically intriguing about how political documentaries shed light on our leaders. This was true of 196o’s Primary and 1993’s War Room.
For more on all four, check out this week’s Boulder Weekly article. As mentioned above, Knock Down the House can be streamed on Netflix and Running With Beto on HBO. Primary and War Room can be found both on DVD and Blu-Ray, check your local library.