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Unwrapping another flagrant nexus of power, politics and big money.
Alan Lockwood from United States
8 March 2009
The new film from Sebastian J. F., The War on Drugs, finds him
purposefully unwrapping another flagrant nexus of power, politics and
big money. This time, it's the U.S. government's vaunted battle to
control recreational drugs; a campaign that increasingly appears more
significant for the government to maintain than to prosecute fully and
conclude. The film questions agents of both the government and the
underground cartels, and includes lucid analysis of how the
self-supporting legal and penal systems in the U.S. complement one
another. Then, in a series of interviews with individuals who've fallen
prey to long-debunked government principles such as mandatory minimum
sentencing for drug offenses, The War on Drugs hits devastating
emotional pay dirt with a young mother sentenced to life, innocent but
caught in the crosshairs of a TV star's publicity stunt.
Following his exposé of Internet misregulation, info wars, Sebastian J.
F.'s new film takes a sobering look at a U.S. obsession gone wrong. By
looking at both the local and the systemic pictures, The War on Drugs
indicates that a struggle has been established that wins by losing, and
that is creating a new "criminal" class to populate the nation's
gargantuan (and increasingly privatized) prison labor system. In the
hopes that information is itself a source of power, Sebastian J. F. has
tapped into an unnerving and vital story.
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