The American Civil Liberties Union and South Dakota Families First have partnered to host an exclusive film tour of the award-winning documentary ‘The House I Live In’ and panel discussion with experts about incarceration and drug laws.
When: Friday Jan. 4th
Meet & Greet 5:30pm
Panel Discussion 7:45pm
(Featuring Judge Mark Bennett from Sioux City, IA who appears in the film)
The downtown Holiday Inn City Centre 100 W. 8th St.
Falls Event Room on the main floor
– – About the Movie – –
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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