Eugene Jarecki is no stranger to the Sundance Film Festival. In 2005, he won the Grand Jury Prize for his documentary “Why We Fight”, a film breaks down the truth about the military-industrial complex. Now Jarecki has done it again. Winning the award again this year with “The House I Live In”, a documentary that examines prison-industrial system and “War on Drugs” “with scalpel-like precision” according to Sundance’s website. Jarecki talks to cops, corrections officers, judges, prisoners, dealers and David Simon, the former journalist who created the HBO series “The Wire”.
Comprehensive in scope, heart wrenching in its humanity, and brilliant in its thesis, Jarecki’s new film grabs viewers and shakes them to their core. The House I Live In is not only the definitive film on the failure of America’s drug war, but it is also a masterpiece filled with hope and the potential to effect change. This film is surely destined for the annals of documentary history.
Here is a link of the Q&A given to Eugene Jarecki by Huffington Post’s Michael Hogan.