The House I Live In: Documentary Review

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Maybe you have watched the documentary 13th and are looking for more documentaries on the war on drugs and mass incarceration. One of the lesser known documentaries about these issue is the Sundance award winning film The House I Live In. The film was directed by Eugene Jarecki in 2012. It investigates the war on drugs over the past forty years by interviewing prison inmates, drug dealers, police officers, and court juries. It gives a provocative look on the effect of the war on drugs and humanizes the individuals involved in both sides. The film believes that drugs are a public health issue, not a moral failing, and shows the repercussions of criminalizing drug users. I highly recommend you watch it if you liked 13th. Although the film is not available on Netflix or Hulu, you can rent it on Youtube or Amazon!

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