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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Cancels Sundance Trip Due to ‘Complications’ From Shutdown

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of Sundance’s most anticipated attendees, has canceled her trip to Park City, Utah.

The freshman Congresswoman announced the decision in a tweet.

“For almost two years, a mom followed several women as we ran for Congress. I was one of them,” she wrote.

“Due to complications from the gov shutdown, I’m sad to say I’ll miss @jubileefilms’ premiere of Knock Down the House. This film was made, with love, for people.”

“Knock Down the House” is Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick’s kickstarter-funded documentary that followed four women who ran for Congress, including Ocasio-Cortez and Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin. It’s scheduled to premiere at Sundance Film Festival at the MARC Theater at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27.

As one of the hottest titles at Sundance, Variety wrote: “It’s all about these three letters: AOC. They stand for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the most controversial and compelling new House member. It was Lear’s good fortune to have a front row seat and to be on hand to document Ocasio-Cortez’s upset primary win over Democratic powerhouse Joe Crowley. The film documents three other progressive candidates who try to take on the establishment, but it’s Ocasio-Cortez who’s the main attraction.”

The House and Senate passed a bill Saturday to reopen the federal government, ending the longest shutdown in United States history. President Trump announced Friday he would be amenable to passing funding for the government and is expected to sign the bill. The deal includes funding for three weeks, through Feb. 15, and an agreement to continue discussing border security. It does not include any funding for the border wall.

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