THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, director Eugene Jarecki


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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 upon future generations of Americans. In 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—a definitive portrait revealing its profound human rights implications.

Beyond simple misguided policy, the film examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for 40 years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures. Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki joins us to talk about his remarkable documentary and the future of drug policy in America.

“A masterpiece filled with hope and the potential to effect change.” – Sundance Film Festival

“I’d hate to imply that it’s your civic duty to see The House I Live In, but guess what – it is.” – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

“The House I Live In will blow your mind.” – Anne Thompson, Indiewire

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