The House I Live In

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  • NR
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2012
  • Running time: 110 min
Over the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has cost more than $1 trillion dollars and accounted for over 45 million arrests. The US incarcerates almost 25% of the prisoners in the entire world although we have only 5% of the world's population. read more
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Over the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has cost more than $1 trillion dollars and accounted for over 45 million arrests. The US incarcerates almost 25% of the prisoners in the entire world although we have only 5% of the world's population. Black individuals comprise 13% of the US population and 14% of drug users, yet they are 37% of the people arrested for drug offenses and 56% of those incarcerated for drug crimes. 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 film examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures

Original Release

10/05/2012

US Release

10/05/2012

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Cast

Eugene Jarecki Interviewer / Self - Narrator / Himself - Narrator
David Simon Self - Creator, The Wire
Michelle Alexander Self - Author, The New Jim Crow
Mark W. Bennett Self - U.S. Federal Judge
Joe Biden Self
Michael Bien Self - Civil Rights Attorney
Charles Bowden Self - Investigative Reporter
Mike Carpenter Self - Chief of Security, Lexington Corrections
Betty Chism Self - Kevin's Mother
Michael Correa Self
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Eugene Jarecki

Writers

Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John

Cast

Eugene Jarecki Interviewer / Self - Narrator / Himself - Narrator
David Simon Self - Creator, The Wire
Michelle Alexander Self - Author, The New Jim Crow
Mark W. Bennett Self - U.S. Federal Judge
Joe Biden Self
Michael Bien Self - Civil Rights Attorney
Charles Bowden Self - Investigative Reporter
Mike Carpenter Self - Chief of Security, Lexington Corrections
Betty Chism Self - Kevin's Mother
Michael Correa Self
Michael Correia Self - Commanding Officer, Narcotics
Eric Franklin Self - Lexington Corrections Center
Glendon Goldsboro Self - Providence Police
Maurice Haltiwanger Self - ID# 03678-029
Carl Hart Self - Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University
Elzie Hooks Self - inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Nannie Jeter Self - Eugene's Childhood Nanny
Anthony Johnson Self - ID# 06263-082
Kecia Johnson Self - Anthony's Mother
Larry Kastner Self - inmate, Lexington Correctional Center

Producers

Brad Pitt Executive Producer
John Legend Executive Producer
Danny Glover Executive Producer
Roy Ackerman Executive Producer
David Alcaro Executive Producer
Joslyn Barnes Executive Producer
Nick Fraser Executive Producer
Russell Simmons Executive Producer
Sally Jo Fifer Executive Producer
Sam Cullman Producer
Eugene Jarecki Producer
Daniel DiMauro Producer
Kathleen Fournier Producer
Alexandra Johnes Producer
Shirel Kozak Producer
Melinda Shopsin Producer
Christopher St. John Producer
Hans Robert Eisenhauer Producer
Alessandra Meyer Producer

Editors

Paul Frost

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