If you're a Boston-based cinephile, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times of the year for you, as the Independent Film Festival Boston has returned with one of their strongest line-ups ever. Running from April 24 through May 1 at the Brattle, Somerville and Coolidge Corner Theatres, there's so many great movies showing at this year's festival that we've had to split our preview up into three parts. We published our first preview on Tuesday, covering the first few days of the festival's line-up and you should check back soon for the third piece about what's in store over the next week or so. For now, here are some choice cuts from Saturday and Sunday of the festival's programming. Tickets and more information are available at the IFFBoston website.
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Knock Down the House
Saturday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre
One of the biggest hits to emerge from the Sundance documentary program back in January, this Netflix acquisition, directed by Rachel Lears, follows the primary campaigns of four progressive women in the most recent midterm elections, who decided to be the change they wanted to see in the world and challenge the incumbents in their districts for their congressional seats. They were Amy Viela of Nevada, Cori Bush of Missouri, Paula Jean Swearengin of West Virginia, and some person named Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez in NYC. You might have heard of her! Anyways, this doc is a deep-dive into the nuts-and-bolts of how progressive politics can gain local — and national — traction and is worth viewing for political junkies of all stripes.