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Old 04-16-2013, 09:52 PM  
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The House I Live In

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Great documentary on the War on Drugs, among other things. I think the most interesting, and perhaps the scariest part, deals with for-profit prisons. I'd otherwise recommend this film, but I almost wish I hadn't seen it. Anyone else catch it?
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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On a related note, I'm watching the Ken Burns documentary The Central Park Five. Simply unbelievable.

The kids were innocent, the prosecutors knew they were innocent (per lack of DNA and strong alibis), but they put them away. The kids were exonerated after they had finished serving their time. Initially, Pat Buchanan said they should be "tried, convicted and hanged in Central Park." Unreal.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:01 PM   #3
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I'll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

ABOUT THE MOVIE
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN
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.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:29 PM   #4
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I checked the website and it says that this movie is in theaters and on demand. I watched it the other day on PBS/KTWU for free. The listing is under Independent Lens. They'll probably show it again once the movie is done with theaters and OD. It is pretty interesting but, there's nothing in it that I haven't heard before from other drug war documentaries.
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