For 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. THE HOUSE I LIVE IN captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs, revealing its profound human rights implications.
While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse, 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.
US Documentary — 2012 — 1hr 46min