By Owen Gleiberman
Updated October 05, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The House I Live In

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  • Movie
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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

The House I Live In

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • UNRATED
runtime
  • 108 minutes
director
  • Eugene Jarecki

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