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The House I Live In -- An investigative look at America's war on drugs and its impact on the criminal justice system, with a focus on the experiences of Nannie Jeter, a former employee of filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's family.
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Eugene Jarecki
Christopher St John (additional writing)
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Release Date:
5 October 2012 (USA) See more »
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In the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad. See more »
Plot:
From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. | Add synopsis »
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A must-see documentary See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Eugene Jarecki ... Himself, narrator, interviewer (voice)
Nannie Jeter ... Herself
Betty Chism ... Herself
Dennis Whidbee ... Himself
Elzie Hooks ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Robert Wilson ... Himself

David Simon ... Himself, journalist
Michael Correa ... Himself
Gabor Mate ... Himself
Charles Bowden ... Himself
Mark W. Bennet ... Himself, judge, Northern District of Iowa
Maurice Haltiwanger ... Himself
Jim K. McGough ... Himself, Maurice Haltiwanger's defense attorney
Eric Franklin ... Himself, warden, Lexington Correctional Center
Don Walker ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Larry Kastner ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
Mike Carpenter ... Himself, chief of security, Lexington Correctional Center
Michelle Alexander ... Herself

Charles Ogletree ... Himself
Anthony Johnson ... Himself
Jonathan Kaufman ... Himself
Mark Mauer ... Himself
David Steele ... Himself, instructor, Lexington Correctional Center
David Kennedy ... Himself
Richard Lawrence Miller ... Himself, historian (as Richard Miller)
Julius Wilson ... Himself
Carl Hart ... Himself, associate professor of psychology, Columbia University

Michael Bien ... Himself
Julie Stewart ... Herself, president, Families Against Mandatory Minimums
William Walter Wilkins ... Himself, federal judge (as William Wilkins)
Kevin Ott ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center

Directed by
Eugene Jarecki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eugene Jarecki 
Christopher St John  additional writing

Produced by
Roy Ackerman .... executive producer
David Alcaro .... executive producer
Joslyn Barnes .... executive producer
Sam Cullman .... producer
Daniel DiMauro .... archival producer
Kathleen Fournier .... co-producer
Nick Fraser .... executive producer
Danny Glover .... executive producer
Christopher St John .... producer
Alexandra Johnes .... consulting producer
Shirel Kozak .... co-producer
John Legend .... executive producer
Brad Pitt .... executive producer
Melinda Shopsin .... lead producer
Russell Simmons .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Miller 
 
Cinematography by
Sam Cullman (director of photography)
Derek Hallquist (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Frost 
 
Production Design by
Joe Posner 
 
Production Management
Kara Elverson .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Eric Di Stefano .... post-audio assistant
Christopher Koch .... sound mixer
Randy Matuszewski .... post-audio assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Boyd .... additional camera
Sam Cullman .... camera operator
Joe di Gennaro .... additional camera
Christopher Frierson .... additional camera
Robert Hatch-Miller .... additional camera
Taylor Krauss .... additional camera
Taylor Krauss .... camera operator
Christopher LI .... additional camera
Joe Posner .... additional camera
Étienne Sauret .... additional camera
David Sperling .... additional camera
Christopher St. John .... additional camera
Rob VanAlkemade .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Simon Barker .... additional editing
Daniel DiMauro .... additional editing
Benjamin Murray .... colorist
Anoosh Tertzakian .... additional editing: first assistant editor
 
Music Department
John McCullough .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Claudia Becker .... key advisor
Joe Beirne .... technical supervisor
Meg Charlton .... researcher
Nora Colie .... researcher
Ben Cortes .... production assistant
Daniel DiMauro .... head researcher
Edward Eglin .... creative consultant
Kara Elverson .... field correspondent
Sophia Figuereo .... production assistant
Kathleen Fournier .... field correspondent
Akil Gibbons .... production assistant
Nora Jaccaud .... creative consultant
Shirel Kozak .... researcher
Patrick O'Brien .... researcher
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Melinda Shopsin .... field correspondent
Julia Simpson .... researcher
Christopher St. John .... field correspondent
Christopher St. John .... researcher
Robert Stein .... counsel: e & o
Anoosh Tertzakian .... researcher
Brendan Zoltowski .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Mary Clark .... thanks
Andrew Jarecki .... special thanks
Melvin Van Peebles .... thanks
 

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A must-see documentary, 19 January 2013
Author: rogerdarlington from United Kingdom

In 40 years, of America's 'war on drugs', more than 45 million arrests have been made. The approach has made the United States the world's largest jailer with almost 2.3 million individuals incarcerated. This means that the USA has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world with about 1% of all adults in jail. African Americans comprise less than 14% of the US population but almost 40% of those in prison. Hispanic Americans comprise just over 16% of the US population but around 20% of those in prison. African American males are jailed at about six times the rate of white males and three times the rate of Hispanic males.

Against this background, Eugene Jarecki has written, produced and directed this striking documentary examining the impact of the war on drugs in America. Starting with the black woman who was his childhood nanny, he interviews an eclectic cast of characters with different experiences of the problem: the drug dealer, the policeman, the judge, the prison guard, the life prisoner with no chance of parole, and – most eloquent of all – the creator of the television series "The Wire".

Until recently, the drug problem has been seen by many Americans as a black and brown issue and the strong emphasis on enforcement measures, with a growing use of mandatory minimum sentences, has led to a swollen ethnic prison population that, for many whites, has swept the problem off the streets and out of sight. But the availability of different drugs and the loss of manufacturing jobs has led to more white, working class men being caught up in this destruction of both personalities and communities. So, at its core, this is not an issue of ethnicity but one of poverty.

The film argues that the policies of the last four decades have failed and need to be fundamentally rethought. Drug use should be considered as less an issue of criminal justice and more a matter of public health. Many drug users are not evil or selfish but victims of poverty and deprivation who are trying to find some income where there is little employment and some solace when life is so miserable.

This is a stunning documentary that raises profound issues – and not just for Americans. It will not be an easy film to see at the cinema, so catch it on television (as I did) or buy or rent it.

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