Jan 6, 2012

Drug War Movie and Policy Reform: Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's 'The House I Live In'

We will have to keep ours eyes out for the release of this film. 

indieWIRE: "Documentary filmmaker and Sundance staple Eugene Jarecki is back this year with "The House I Live In" (U.S. Documentary competition), a comprehensive work that ... tells very intimate and tender stories of people whose lives have been impacted by the war on drugs.

The filmmaker says, "Between escalating violence in Mexico and recent legislative upheavals regarding drug sentencing and even limited legalization, the role of illegal drugs in American society and the war against their users and distributors is at the forefront of the national conversation. It needs to stay there until real change begins in earnest. I believe this is a pivotal moment for such change and my hope is that people’s reaction to the film is both an emotional one – moved by the characters and their heartbreaking stories – and an intellectual one – aware that only with public opposition will the forces that drive this system be prevented from continuing to damage so many American lives."" read more

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