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The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 October 2012 (USA)
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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.

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Eugene Jarecki

Writers:

Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John (additional writing)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eugene Jarecki ... Himself - Narrator / Interviewer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Alexander ... Herself - Author, The New Jim Crow
Mark W. Bennett Mark W. Bennett ... Himself - U.S. Federal Judge (as Hon. Mark Bennett)
Joe Biden ... Himself (archive footage) (as Joseph Biden)
Michael Bien Michael Bien ... Himself - Civil Rights Attorney
Charles Bowden Charles Bowden ... Himself - Investigative Reporter
Mike Carpenter Mike Carpenter ... Himself - Chief of Security, Lexington Corrections
Betty Chism Betty Chism ... Herself - Kevin's mother
Michael Correa Michael Correa ... Himself
Michael Correia Michael Correia ... Himself - Commanding Officer, Narcotics (as Lt. Michael Correia)
Eric Franklin Eric Franklin ... Himself - Lexington Corrections Center (as Warden Eric Franklin)
Glendon Goldsboro Glendon Goldsboro ... Himself - Providence Police (as Lt. Glendon Goldsboro)
Maurice Haltiwanger Maurice Haltiwanger ... Himself - ID# 03678-029
Carl Hart Carl Hart ... Himself, associate professor of psychology, Columbia University
Elzie Hooks Elzie Hooks ... Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
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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.

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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 »

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Netherlands | UK | Germany | Japan | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Ghetto: Mayaku-sensô to sabetsu no rensa See more »

Filming Locations:

New Haven, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,453, 7 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$210,752, 10 February 2013
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Herself - Author, The New Jim Crow: You know, in any war, you've got to have an enemy, and when you think about impact, particularly on poor people of color, there are more African-Americans under correctional control today in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. And that's something we haven't been willing to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, "what's really going on?"
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Featured in Storyville: The House I Live In (2013) (2013) See more »

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SOULSVILLE
Written by Isaac Hayes
Published by Irving Music, Inc. on behalf of East Memphis Music Corp.
Performed by Isaac Hayes
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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A Moving and Informative Introduction to the Untold Story of the Drug War
17 April 2013 | by fob199See all my reviews

The House I Live In takes the complex issue of the failed war on drugs and breaks it down to a level that is both digestible and striking nonetheless. The film provides substantial historical evidence to make a powerful argument against the American war on drugs. The House I Live In exposes the many flaws of current anti-drug policies and strategies from a multitude of perspectives, drawing from historians and academics to front- of-the-line law enforcement and correctional officers alike. The film brilliantly ties these perspectives in a way that can effectively inspire viewers from all backgrounds to take a stand in confronting this largely unrecognized national issue.

The film provides an impressively broad set of data and evidence that cohesively screams one message—the war on drugs is a failure to the American public. As the first film focused solely on the subject, The House I Live In is undoubtedly one of the decade's most important films.


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