The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is pleased to announce a special presentation of The House I Live In at 6:00pm on Thursday October 17th 2013. This free public screening is presented in collaboration with The Council on Crime and Justice and the American Constitution Society.
Following the screening, an expert panel will lead a discussion on what can be done to fix the broken system.
The Honorable Michael Davis, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
The Honorable Keith Ellison, Representative, (D-MN), Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota
The Honorable Raymond Dehn, Representative, (DFL-Minneapolis), District 59B, Minnesota House of Representative
Emily Baxter, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Council on Crime and Justice
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 House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.