The 32-year initiative hasn’t been successful, but it has destroyed millions of lives and contributed to a graying prison crisis.
The House I Live In, winner of the Grand Jury prize for documentaries at Sundance last year, airs tonight (April 8, check local listings) on PBS as part of the Independent Lens series. It tells a complex, unsettling story, but its tagline reduces the problem to nine simple words: “The War on Drugs has never been about drugs.”
Written, directed and produced by Eugene Jarecki, an award-winning filmmaker (Reagan, Freakonomics, The Trials of Henry Kissinger) and executive-produced by Danny Glover, Brad Pitt and Russell Simmons, the documentary is a gritty look at the frightening legacy of President Richard Nixon’s war on drugs.
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