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The House I Live In

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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, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications. While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement.

Running Time: 108 min.
Subject(s): Activism, Conflicts, Crime, Economy, Ethnography, Health, History, Human Rights, Immigration and Migration, Law and Justice, Politics, Poverty, Society
Language(s): English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Melinda Shopsin, Eugene Jarecki, Samuel Cullman, Christopher St. John, Roy Ackerman, David Alcaro
Cinematographer: SAM CULLMAN, DEREK HALLQUIST
Editor(s): Paul Frost
Production Company: CHARLOTTE STREET FILMS production, an EDGEWOOD WAY production, a BBC/ITVS/ZDF co-production

Press

  • Daily Telegraph (UK)
    This urgent and formidably smart movie - perhaps the year's most important political documentary - has opened minds and changed laws already.
    Tim Robey
  • Time Out
    Tells a complex story with troubling ease.
    Dave Calhoun
  • Reno Gazette-Journal
    Americans have long celebrated justice and freedom, but director Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In forces viewers to look closely at political policies that have turned the nation into the No. 1 jailer in the world.
    Forrest Hartman
  • KC Active
    Our search for easy answers to the evils of drugs is an addiction we must wean ourselves from.
    Dan Lybarger

Festival Participation

  • Sundance Film Festival - 2012
    Grand Jury Prize U.S Documentary
  • AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival - 2012
    REACT to FILM Social Impact Award
  • Transatlantyk - 2012
    Audience Award
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - 2012
  • Los Angeles Film Festival - 2012
  • Sundance London - 2012
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest - 2012
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival - 2012
  • Melbourne International Film Festival - 2012
  • Bergen International Film Festival - 2012
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival - 2012
  • Mumbai Film Festival - 2012

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