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State of the Union Speech (05:14)


Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi has been documenting the life of her mother, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for years. At the State of Union pre-party in 2019, she tried to remain positive going into the speech. She felt Donald Trump’s speech was dangerous and filled with hatred.

Morning Briefing (03:28)

After the State of the Union speech, a narrative of Nancy versus Trump began to emerge and Nancy received a briefing. Nancy explained how she got into politics, starting with her politician father.

1984-87: Career (01:20)

After years of volunteering in politics, Nancy became Chair of the California Democratic Party. She became a congressional representative for the Fifth District of California in 1987 and was the first daughter of a congressman elected to Congress.

2001-07: Career (03:46)

Nancy became House Whip in 2001 and House Minority Leader in 2002. In 2007, she became the first female Speaker of the House.

2007: Iraq War (02:16)

Protesters gathered outside Nancy's house, urging her to vote to impeach President George W. Bush. Nancy had voted against the war and thought it was a mistake but did not support impeachment.

2008: Democratic National Convention (03:08)

In 2008, Nancy believed affordable healthcare could pass with President Barack Obama's election. The Democrats had secured Congress and the White House. Nancy persuaded members of Congress to vote for the Affordable Care Act.

2010: Affordable Care Act (03:40)

Thousands protested the ACA and blamed Nancy for it. Days before the vote, she was still working to get enough representatives to support the bill.

Final Vote on Healthcare (02:49)

Nancy led House Democrats past protestors as they went in to vote on the ACA. The bill passed 219-212. Republicans promised to oust Nancy because of healthcare reform.

2010: Midterm Election Night (01:03)

The Republican overtook the majority in the House after the 2010 midterms. Nancy lost the Speaker seat to John Boehner.

2017: ACA (04:54)

Nancy felt she had to stay in Congress after Trump became president to protect the ACA. Trump called the ACA a disaster and promised to repel it. Thousands of rallies in support of the ACA occurred during the summer of 2017.

2017 Congressional Break (02:27)

After securing the ACA, Nancy went to Italy with her family. They visited Vatican City and met Pope Francis.

2018: Midterm Elections (03:35)

Nancy and the Democrats fought to retake the majority in Congress. She stressed the importance of getting as many people to vote as possible. She became a target in numerous Republican campaign ads.

2018: Midterm Election Night (03:42)

Democrats took back the House majority. Some considered electing a different Speaker and Trump openly supported Nancy.

Caucus Vote for Speaker (02:09)

Nancy secured enough votes to be Speaker. The media pitted Nancy against Trump before the 2018 government shutdown.

2019: Career (03:19)

Nancy became the first person to be Speaker of the House in nonconsecutive terms. Calls began for Nancy to vote to impeach Trump, but she did not feel there was a case.

September 2019 (03:45)

Nancy changed her mind about impeachment after learning Trump had pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden's son, Hunter. Trump released the transcript and Nancy felt he crossed a line. She announced an impeachment inquiry.

2019 Thanksgiving Break (01:38)

Nancy spent the break preparing for the House impeachment hearing. She felt Trump violated the Constitution by ignoring the separation of powers.

House Impeachment Vote (04:16)

Nancy defended herself against the idea that the Democrats were impeaching Trump just because they did not like him. The House agreed to impeach Trump and the decision went to the Republican-controlled Senate.

2020: State of the Union (03:39)

Nancy prepared for the first public appearance with Trump since the impeachment vote. Nancy tore up Trump's speech to show it contained lies.

March 2020 (05:42)

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The national shutdown began. Nancy and the Democrats worked to pass a COVID relief bill, covering mail-in voting and essential workers.

2020: Three Weeks Later (04:27)

Nancy began working on another COVID relief bill from her home in San Francisco. Nancy flew back to Washington, D.C. to vote on another deal.

April 24, 2020 (00:55)

Congress passed a $484 million COVID relief bill for hospitals and small businesses. She spoke with Joe Biden and told him to be himself and not go too far to the left.

Ten Weeks Until the Presidential Election (01:26)

Nancy took part in the virtual Democratic National Convention. On Sept. 23, Trump mentioned the possibility of a non-peaceful transfer of power. The COVID death toll in America reached 120,000.

Election Day (03:03)

Nancy was confident Biden would win and joked about leaving if Trump was re-elected. Mail-in voting delayed the count and Trump called the election a fraud. Biden won while Trump said the election was stolen.

Jan. 6, 2021 (01:14)

Congress began confirming the election for Biden, while Trump held a rally near the U.S. Capitol. Nancy called the day a turning point for Congress with two new Democratic senators.

Jan. 6, 2021: 9:10 a.m. (01:15)

Nancy attended a caucus call in preparation for the election confirmation. She hoped the vote would go quickly so the idea of a stolen election could be set aside.

Jan. 6, 2021: 12:03 p.m. (02:18)

Trump took the stage at his rally and declared the election stolen. He urged the crowd to march to the Capitol, claiming he would be with them. Nancy and her family and staff watched the protesters getting closer.

Jan. 6, 2021: 12:50-1:01 p.m. (00:53)

Nancy went to the congressional chamber for the vote. Rioters started climbing walls outside the Capitol.

Jan. 6, 2021: 1:12-1:35 p.m. (02:30)

Republican members of Congress objected to counting the votes. The House and Senate split to vote on the objection separately. The rioters reached the Capitol and broke in.

Jan. 6, 2021: 2:15 p.m. (03:10)

With rioters inside, the Capitol went into full lockdown. Officials evacuated Nancy and took her to a secure location. Rioters broke into her office.

Jan. 6, 2021: 3 p.m. (02:03)

At a secure location, Nancy and other congressional leaders watched the Capitol breech on the news and learned that shots were fired. The governor of Virginia sent in the National Guard.

Jan. 6, 2021: 3:30 p.m. (02:32)

Nancy and Chuck Schumer told the Acting Attorney General to tell Trump to stop the riot. Nancy spoke with Vice President Mike Pence, who was under guard at the Capitol.

Jan. 6, 2021: 4:17-4:35 p.m. (01:15)

Trump made a statement telling the riots to go home but continued to say the election was stolen. Nancy and Schumer were displeased with the statement. They worked to determine when it would be safe to return to the Capitol for the vote.

Jan. 6, 2021: 5:45-6:48 p.m. (01:15)

Pence told Nancy and congressional leadership the Capitol was secured. Nancy headed back for the vote.

Jan. 6, 2021: 6:55 p.m. (03:46)

Congress reconvened at the Capitol. Capitol Police and National Guardsmen were stationed throughout the building. Nancy's office was trashed and looted.

Jan. 6, 2021: 9 p.m. (01:11)

Under guard, Nancy and the rest of Congress returned to the chamber for the vote. She called for justice against the rioters' actions. Biden's election confirmation concluded at 3:48 a.m.

Jan. 6, 2021: 9 a.m. (02:04)

Nancy discussed invoking the 25th Amendment or conducting a second impeachment. Nancy met with her staff, who hid in the offices during the riot.

Jan. 13: Impeachment Day (02:15)

Nancy called for Trump's removal from office. The House voted for Trump's impeachment.

Day Before Inauguration (01:19)

Nancy prepared for Biden's inauguration and a vigil for the 400,000 Americans who had died of COVID occurred. The National Guard was stationed throughout Washington, D.C.

January 20, 2021 (02:10)

Biden was sworn in a president. Nancy discusses how she feels about being a target.

Credits: "Pelosi in the House" (02:04)

Credits: "Pelosi in the House"

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In her 14th documentary film for HBO, acclaimed documentarian Alexandra Pelosi offers a candid, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life of her mother and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, through her career milestones leading up to the inauguration of President Joseph Biden in January 2021. Filmed in a cinéma vérité style over the course of three decades, Pelosi in the House provides a unique, longitudinal window into the life of a longstanding Democratic politician and history in the making. The film goes behind the headlines as it tracks Pelosi’s life in public office from her election to Congress in 1987 and becoming the first female Speaker of the House in 2007 through the 2020 election and President Biden’s inauguration. Following Pelosi at both work and home in real time during consequential political moments in the country’s recent history, the film offers a unique look at American politics through her efforts on the Affordable Care Act, the COVID-19 relief package, two impeachments as well as a record of the events of January 6, 2021, following Pelosi and other lawmakers at a secure location as the crisis unfolded.

Length: 110 minutes

Item#: FPT284177

Copyright date: ©2022

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