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Genre Documentary
Running Time 108 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Oct 5, 2012
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The House I Live In

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.A look at the heart-wrenching stories… Show more

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November 1, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

In “The House I Live In,” documentarian Eugene Jarecki (“Why We Fight”) tackles the legacy of the US-led war on drugs with a mixture of fuzzy personal theorizing and devastating reportorial impact. The movie’s much less partisan than it seems: I can’t imagine any viewer of any political stripe denying that decades of anti-drug laws have resulted in a massive prison population while failing utterly to make a dent in drug use. Jarecki (the most prominent of a clan of filmmakers that include his brothers, Nicholas and Andrew) wants to know how we got here and what’s really going on, and if his film takes a while to focus, it eventually becomes the conversation starter the subject desperately needs.

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