For the past 40 years, the war on drugs has resulted in more than 45 million arrests, $1 trillion dollars in government spending, and America’s role as the world’s largest jailer. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available than ever. The House I Live In captures stories of those on the front lines — from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge — and offers a penetrating look at both the causes and the profound human rights implications of America’s longest war.
This film is particularly timely because it speaks to the damage – both direct and collateral – of removing large numbers of people from their neighborhoods, and of making law enforcement responsible for a public health problem. It’s been called a holocaust in slow motion.
There’s a growing recognition among those on all sides that the war on drugs is a failure. At a time of heightened fiscal instability, it’s also seen as economically unsustainable. At this pivotal moment, the film promotes public awareness of the problem while encouraging new and innovative pathways to domestic drug policy reform.
“It’d be one thing if it was draconian and it worked. But it’s draconian and it doesn’t work. It just leads to more.” David Simon, creator of The Wire
Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival
“2012’s Best Documentary, The House I Live In should be seen by everybody.” — New York Times
“SEARING! One of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years.” – Forbes
“Expertly researched, brilliantly argued and masterfully assembled, it is easily the documentary of the year.” — L.A. Times
“A true, nonfiction complement to The Wire.” – Times of London
Two FREE Screenings:
In Piedmont: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Avenue, Piedmont
6:30 PM Reception | 7 PM Screening | 8-9 PM Discussion
In Oakland: Saturday, January 31, 2015
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland
3 PM Screening | 4 PM Discussion