The House I Live In

House I Live In
  • US Documentary, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival Awards

A film by Eugene Jarecki

Winner of the best documentary prize at Sundance, the latest film by Eugene Jarecki (The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Why We Fight) ranks with The Thin Blue Line, Bowling for Columbine, and Inside Job as a great documentary polemic. The subject is the “War on Drugs”, which, as this eye-opening film persuasively shows, is more precisely a war on those who are perceived as class and racial outsiders—dating back to the 19th century (when opium was used to demonize Chinese immigrants), officially inaugurated by Richard Nixon, escalated by Ronald Reagan, and espoused by virtually every major Presidential candidate ever since.

Using eloquent analysts (including The Wire creator David Simon and historian Richard Lawrence Miller), compelling personal stories from all sides and levels of the “war”, and his own experience as a child of Holocaust survivors, Jarecki lucidly and passionately builds an in-depth case against a policy that demonstrably doesn’t work, has a ruinous effect on American society, but remains entrenched thanks to its profitability and political expediency.

It’s a film as profoundly sad as it is enraging and potentially galvanizing, and it’s one of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years. —Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

Jarecki’s film makes a shattering case against the War on Drugs… —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


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