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The House I Live In review

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ENDLESS WAR This documentary argues that the ''war on drugs'' has become futile

The House I Live In

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
108 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/12/12
director:
Eugene Jarecki
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A

Eugene Jarecki’s documentary dissection of the war on drugs offers a powerfully despairing view of a crackdown that began in the Nixon era. Working as a superb investigative journalist, Jarecki demonstrates all the ways that the ”war” has become futile in The House I Live In, but also how it is now an unstoppable industry, with privatized prisons run as economic engines. Jarecki talks to convicts, corrections officers, judges, and — in a fantastic interview — David Simon, creator of The Wire, who argues that the targeting of minorities, fused with mandatory sentencing, has turned the war on drugs into ”a holocaust in slow motion.” A