The (Drug) War On People

Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, the documentary film "The House I Live In" is a must see, and is available "On Demand" beginning January 15th, and on PBS in April.

Filmed in more than 20 states, from the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, "The House I Live In" is a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

From the film's website:

"As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, 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. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications."

"While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures."

While no one film can cover all aspects of the drug war, this one is an excellent starting point for raising some of the key issues involved.

If the drug war interests you, I also recently posted video of the film "Breaking the Taboo," from Sundog Pictures that calls for an end to the failed war on drugs, and offers a petition to support that call on its' website.


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