The absurdity of the situation would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.
Eugene Jarecki’s documentary titled “The House I Live In,” examines the unimaginable damage wrought by America’s prison-industrial system and the so-called “War on Drugs”.
Sundance Grand Prize-winning Filmmakers of “The House I Live In” Respond to Sundance Premiere
“The House I Live In” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (and later won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize for Documentary). The film weaves together director Eugene Director’s personal narrative with America’s war on drugs. Here, producers including Sam Cullman, Melinda Snopsis, Danny Glover, and director Eugene Jarecki — reflect on the film and its Sundance premiere.
On Democracy Now: “The House I Live In”: New Documentary Exposes Economic, Moral Failure of U.S. War on Drugs.
The film questions why the United States has spent more than $1 trillion on drug arrests in the past 40 years, and yet drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. The film examines the economic, as well as the moral and practical, failures of the so-called “war on drugs” and calls on the United States to approach drug abuse not as a “war,” but as a matter of public health. We need “a very changed dialogue in this country that understands drugs as a public health concern and not a criminal justice concern,” says the film’s director, Eugene Jarecki. “That means the system has to say, ‘We were wrong.'”