Grand Jury Prize winner of Sundance Film Festival 2012, The House I Live In will screen on March 4 at 7:00 pm in Jordan Hall 124.  Co-sponsored by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American institutions, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Black Film Center/Archive, the Department of Criminal Justice, the Maurer School of Law, the Hutton Honors College, the Department of American Studies, and the Political and Civic Engagement Program, the screening will be followed by a Q&A session with former public defender turned film producer David Kuhn.


Produced by an award-winning filmmaker, public thinker and author Eugene Jarecki, The House I Live In looks into America’s failed drug war.


The documentary’s synopsis:

As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. 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, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.

~Jake Yoon

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