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The House I Live In

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki gave us a fascinating interview about America’s “War on Drugs” - and his documentary on the subject is even more brilliant and powerful. It’s called The House I Live In and it opens in limited release in New York City this weekend. Over the past 40 years, the US has spent more than a trillion dollars and arrested more than 45 million people on drug charges. Despite that, drugs today are purer, cheaper and easier to obtain and use. Jarecki talks with dealers on the street, those going through trials, inmates, with a federal judge about mandatory minimum sentences and three strikes laws, narcotics police officers, a prison guard and many others to give a full picture of our criminal justice system. In building the case, his star witness is David Simon, who Jarecki calls a “national treasure.” Before creating the hit cable TV shows The Wire and Treme, Simon was a police reporter for the Baltimore Sun so he is intimately familiar with the drug war and how it affects everyone involved. I mixed in so many clips from the movie during our discussion but I also had to leave out so much - I feel like we barely scratched the surface. When you have the chance, please see this film for yourself. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Until then, here is the trailer.

In 2005, Jarecki made a film about the dangers of the military-industrial complex called Why We Fight. Like his new movie, that one also won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. He gave us a great interview back then too. Later, he wrote a book called The American Way of War. Click here to read our blog entry from Jarecki’s previous appearance.

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Reader Comments (1)

I am a victim of the War on Drugs. The so-called Department of Health of Florida is in the process of trying to revoke my license to practice medicine, based on a claim that my prescriptions for controlled substances for two patients of mine were for excessive amounts. Medical regulatory agencies who have targeted a physician in this manner, based on controlled substances, ALWAYS and CONSISTENTLY claim that a physician’s prescriptions are for excessive quantities of medicine. It is routine and predictable. I sent the department scientific articles from the medical literature that proved that my prescriptions for the medicines were NOT excessive but the department just disregarded them and charged ahead. The hearing on the matter is in the indistinct future but I would like to obtain a transcript of the film, The House I Live In, and perhaps even show it at the hearing, the better that I might present the case against the War on Drugs and perhaps deflect the department’s vendetta against me. How may I obtain a transcript or obtain a copy of the documentary so that I can make my own transcript?

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric N. Grosch, MD, JD

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