The Pushback (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 34m

Podcasters, grassroots activists, clergy members, and former Border Patrol officers all play a role in the push and pull of the historically red state, and the progressive movement that’s trying to turn it blue.” - Texas Monthly

The Pushback is a roving celebration of the Texans—particularly women of color—who are fighting to make our state reckon with its racist past while pushing it toward a more just and equitable future.” - Texas Observer

The first of two Latinas to represent Texas in Congress, Veronica Escobar, and the only African-American woman to run for city council in Austin in 2018, Natasha Harper-Madison, lead a diverse group of progressive voices across Texas as they fight decades of institutional racism and policies of discrimination along the border.

The battle over immigrant rights, land seizures to build the border wall, and the troubled racial history of the state form the backdrop to a film that explores how a place once known for its reactionary politics is becoming more liberal, more diverse — and more at risk for violent conflict.


Kevin Ford



Bonus Content

43 mins
A conversation with Veronica Escobar and Beto O'Rourke

A full discussion from 10/5/2020 between Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, filmmaker Kevin Ford, and Maria Teresa Kumar, founder of Voto Latino. The panel discusses the THE PUSHBACK, an inspiring documentary about progressive Texans battling racism and fighting for democracy, and also dive deeply into what’s at stake in the 2020 election, especially highlighting their efforts to get out the vote.