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'And She Could Be Next'
(DVD / NR / 2020 / PBS)

Overview: 'And She Could Be Next' follows a defiant movement of women of color as they transform politics from the ground up.

Filmed during the historic 2018 midterm elections, the series follows organizers and candidates including Rashida Tlaib and Stacey Abrams as they fight for a truly reflective government, asking whether democracy can be preserved and made stronger by those most marginalized.

DVD Verdict: A matter of fact now, Democrat Rashida Tlaib, a former Michigan state lawmaker, was the very first Muslim women in Congress come November of 2018.

She ran unopposed in a largely blue House district previously held by Rep. John Conyers — who resigned earlier that year in the wake of sexual harassment allegations — so she was expected to sail to victory, in truth, of course.

Tlaib is a Detroit native who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, and she ran on an unabashedly progressive campaign in the Democratic primary.

As we watch along, we note that she’s part of a wave of about 100 Muslim Americans who filed to run for Congress that year, a surge that one study has tied to growing pushback against rising Islamophobia during the Trump administration.

A strong grassroots campaign propelled Tlaib to victory in the primary, where she edged out Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and Conyers’s great-nephew, state Sen. Ian Conyers.

And she’s not the only Muslim woman who has made history that year — Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Somali immigrant who lived in a refugee camp before moving to the US, won the House seat formerly held by Keith Ellison in Minnesota.

Made by a team of women filmmakers of color, 'And She Could Be Next' features history-makers Stacey Abrams, Rashida Tlaib, Lucy McBath, Maria Elena Durazo, Veronica Escobar, Bushra Amiwala, and Nse Ufot and is a true must see for all interested in the documentary genre. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.