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 the last forty years, the War on Drugs has cost $1 trillion, 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.
- Eugene Jarecki
A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 10.04.2012
It's a film as profoundly sad as it is enraging and potentially galvanizing, and it's one of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 10.11.2012
Jarecki's documentary assembles [its arguments] deftly, with much help from former crime reporter David Simon, who left the Baltimore Sun to become the auteur of such mean-streets TV dramas as The Wire.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 10.04.2012
Jarecki takes a highly original approach to create a compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and controversial topic.G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 10.18.2012