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The House I Live In

Directed by Eugene Jarecki. US. 2012. NR. 108 minutes. Abramorama. blu ray.
Sun., March 3, 2013
March 3, 2013
4:30 pm

“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.” (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly)

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