The House I Live In

Year: 
2012
Director: 
Eugene Jarecki
Review: 
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival in 2012, from the man behind "Why We Fight". This may be the most powerful and thought-provoking documentary I have seen. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would very strongly urge you to do it. I caught it on BBC iPlayer and I believe it is still available there for a while. It’s a documentary about the “War on Drugs”. It deals with how and why this “war” started and how it is affecting people in the USA. I won’t explain them here, because I think you should watch the film yourself, but the conclusions reached in the film are unexpected and profound. The film had the effect of making me examine my assumptions and prejudices about the subject, and it did it in a way that was completely absorbing. It's been the best thing I have seen so far this year.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed: 
Fans of the Wire. Someone somewhere described this film as the non-fiction companion to The Wire. That’s spot on. And there are frequent contributions from David Simon, who created The Wire.
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