Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki - "THE HOUSE I LIVE IN"Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki - "THE HOUSE I LIVE IN"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/247001KINSC Sharpless Auditorium2013-09-24T18:30:002013-09-24T21:00:00
September 24, 6:30PM–9:00PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Award-Winning Documentary, "THE HOUSE I LIVE IN", centers on racialized mass-incarceration in the U.S., the War on Drugs and immigrant detention.
Eugene Jarecki is an award-winning filmmaker, public thinker, and author. He is one of only two people to have twice won the Sundance Grand Jury prize for documentary, most recently in 2012 for 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. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.
While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, 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.
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