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The House I Live In

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Eugene Jarecki

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Plot Summary

For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, cost over $1 Trillion, has made America the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong and what is the path toward healing? Brought to you by award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki and executive producers Brad Pitt, John Legend, Russell Simmons and Danny Glover, The House I Live In examines the effects of drug laws on everyone from the dealer and the grieving mother to the jailer and the federal judge inside America’s longest war. A FilmBuff Presentation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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94%
  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Oct 4, 2012

Fresh: 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, Oct 11, 2012

Fresh: 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, Oct 4, 2012

Fresh: 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, Oct 18, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Great Documentary

A very good and moving documentary about the Drug war. I learned a lot from this movie. I think this should be shown in high schools and colleges for young adults to learn about our country and how to help be a change to a better future!

The House I Live In

Jarecki has masterfully brought all aspects of the broken criminal justice system together and the reality of where we find ourselves as a nation -- the longest war on our people -- and made it his own. His personal story with Nanny is powerful. The lawmakers and special interests have created a people "shredding-machine" that is shameful. The people have to speak up and clean up decades of damage done to the America we all once knew. Stop the "slow-Holocaust"!

thanks iTunes!

for making this movie of the week and thus bringing it to my humble attention.

whether or not you agree with the perspective of this documentary is not that crucial. it is just definitely worth while seeing it from this point of view.

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