Race and the Drug War

The House I Live In, an award-winning documentary by acclaimed director Eugene Jarecki, examines America’s drug war. Since 1971, the war on drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, damaged communities -- especially poor ones -- at home and abroad, and contributed to egregious racial disparities. Despite the human and economic costs, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s war on drugs – people who use and sell drugs, law enforcement, federal judges, prisoners, senators, grieving family members and others. The film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, revealing its profound human rights implications.

While recognizing the seriousness of drug misuse and addiction as health issues, the film investigates how the war on drugs has created the world's largest prison system -- which feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on its black and Latino communities. The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the drug war for more than forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic and practical failures -- and  suggests that change is, finally, at hand, as consensus grows across the political spectrum that the drug war has indeed failed. 

Winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the film is playing nationwide and will be released on public television and DVD in early 2013.

Film Website: www.thehouseilivein.org

FEARLESS! A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake.

– Manohla Dargis, New York Times

2012′s BEST DOCUMENTARY! The House I Live In should be seen by everybody.

– Mark Hughes, Forbes

 I’d hate to imply that it’s your civic duty to see The House I Live In when it’s eventually released to theaters, but guess what – it is.

– Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Powerful and brilliantly produced…Jarecki weaves cultural theory, personal quest, and hard journalism to produce a terrifying portrait of a society addicted less to drugs than to locking people up.

 – Toby Lichtig, Sunday Times of London Literary Supplement

Comprehensive in scope, heart wrenching in its humanity, and brilliant in its thesis, Jarecki’s new film grabs viewers and shakes them to their core. The House I Live In is not only the definitive film on the failure of America’s drug war, but it is also a masterpiece filled with hope and the potential to effect change. This film is surely destined for the annals of documentary history.

– David Courier, Sundance Film Festival 2012 Film Guide