The House I Live In

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  • NR
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2012
  • Running time: 110 min
Over the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has cost more than $1 trillion dollars and accounted for over 45 million arrests. The US incarcerates almost 25% of the prisoners in the entire world although we have only 5% of the world's population. read more
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Over the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has cost more than $1 trillion dollars and accounted for over 45 million arrests. The US incarcerates almost 25% of the prisoners in the entire world although we have only 5% of the world's population. Black individuals comprise 13% of the US population and 14% of drug users, yet they are 37% of the people arrested for drug offenses and 56% of those incarcerated for drug crimes. As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America's War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America's longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications. While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America's poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, the film examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures

Original Release

10/05/2012

US Release

10/05/2012

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Cast

Eugene Jarecki Interviewer
David Simon Himself, journalist
Michelle Alexander Herself - Author, The New Jim Crow
Mark W. Bennett Himself - U.S. Federal Judge (as Hon. Mark Bennett)
Joe Biden Himself (archive footage) (as Joseph Biden)
Michael Bien Himself - Civil Rights Attorney
Charles Bowden Himself - Investigative Reporter
Mike Carpenter Himself - Chief of Security, Lexington Corrections
Betty Chism Herself - Kevin's mother
Michael Correa Himself
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Eugene Jarecki

Writers

Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John

Cast

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

Producers

Brad Pitt Executive Producer
John Legend Executive Producer
Danny Glover Executive Producer
Roy Ackerman Executive Producer
David Alcaro Executive Producer
Joslyn Barnes Executive Producer
Nick Fraser Executive Producer
Russell Simmons Executive Producer
Sam Cullman Producer
Christopher St. John Producer
Eugene Jarecki Producer
Daniel DiMauro Producer
Kathleen Fournier Producer
Alexandra Johnes Producer
Shirel Kozak Producer
Melinda Shopsin Producer

Editors

Paul Frost

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