The 2018 election saw Congress become more diverse than ever. After 2018, Congress was not only the most racially and ethnically diverse its ever been but it also had the largest number of women ever. It’s through this lens that She Could Be Next frames its documentary about women of color newly involved in the world of politics. Centered on candidates and organizers that have become Twitter famous, it strives to document in close detail how these women were inspired to run and win.
The two-part documentary series was filmed from 2018 through 2019 and follows forward-thinking candidates and organizers across the country. It features Stacey Abrams (Georgia), Bushra Amiwala (Skokie, IL), Maria Elena Durazo (Los Angeles, CA), Veronica Escobar (El Paso, TX), Lucy McBath (Atlanta, GA), Rashida Talib (Detroit, MI) and Use Ufot, executive director of the New Georgia Project. The team behind the camera is just as diverse. Directed by Peabody Award-winner Grace Lee and Iranian documentarian Marjan Safinia, the team also includes contributing field directors Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir, Amber Fares, Deborah Esquenazi, Ramona Emerson and Anayansi Prado.
The two-part documentary comes at a time where grassroots organizing has seen a massive resurgence and those partial to these powerful women will surely see it as a call-to-action for not only the November 2020 election but for elections to come.
Catch it on PBS this summer.