The House I Live in

The House I Live in

DVD - 2013
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For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than 20 states, it captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels, the dealer to grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge. Reveals its profound human rights implications.
Publisher: [United States] : Virgil Films & Entertainment, LLC, c2013.
Branch Call Number: 363.4509 HOU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Virgil Films (Firm)

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firefly5
Oct 07, 2016

Very interesting documentary on drugs. Definately recommended.

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Nursebob
Mar 30, 2016

Ever since Richard Nixon announced a “War on Drugs” back in the 1970’s America has spent one trillion dollars on drug enforcement, made tens of millions of arrests—more than any other country and mainly men, mainly poor, mainly black—and has yet to see any dent in the sale and use of narcotics. Starting with the sad experiences of his childhood nanny who lost her son to drugs, documentarian Eugene Jarecki tries to find out what went wrong and the answers he uncovers are as diverse as they are unsettling. But this is not your typical left-wing rhetoric on the poor and marginalized for Jarecki draws upon a host of literate talking heads from such diverse fields as sociology, history, neuroscience, and criminology as well as members of law enforcement, judges, lawyers, and low level dealers themselves who each share their own unique take on the battle. A well planned and insightful documentary that takes one of society’s most complex problems and lays it out in such a way that even the most ardent supporters of law and order will find themselves having second thoughts. “Just Say No” just doesn’t cut it anymore.

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irrumator
Jul 20, 2015

A must-see documentary about the War on Drugs in America and how backwards the American criminal justice system is in general.

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okbookgirl
May 03, 2014

A chilling documentary about the American "War on Drugs", instituted by Richard Nixon but supported by every president since then. Eugene Jarecki's film shows the racist and classist nature of this "war". The USA has the highest rate of incarceration of anywhere in the entire world; and many companies make big profits from the privatization of the prison system. The effects of drug use and this system on individuals, their families and friends, and communities is perhaps more to do with changes in capitalism than any increase in the use of drugs. Highly recommended.

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Fionaenzo
Jan 02, 2014

Wow. Amazing documentary! Had never heard of this. It draws connections to how we isolate poor people offering them no income producing alternatives other than selling drugs so we can blame them for poor choices. And the punitive laws that keep young men in jail for life! For nonviolent crimes and small amounts of drugs. Historian draws connection among other genocidal programs -- and then the narrator follows the MONEY trail. Private prisons traded on the stock market for PROFIT. Prisonersare a conmodity and they want more of them. Jobs go to police, prisons, towns with prisons, those who sell food/clothes/armored vehicles/buildings, etc.
Eye opening! A travesty.

jpozenel Nov 29, 2013

Something that everyone should start to look at objectively.

origen Nov 07, 2013

Fabulous documentary that captures the structural problems with the US system of incarceration. If you're interest in drug policy, prisons, race relations, this is an excellent primer.

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empbee
Aug 07, 2013

A very good observation of injustice in the justice system. The "one covers all" is for lazy law.

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lvon98
Jul 23, 2013

Superbly informative documentary. A definite must-see.

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