The House I Live In, narrated and directed by Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight, The King) takes an investigative look into the so-called war on drugs in the United States.
The war on drugs has been an enormous endeavour in the US resulting in an estimated 45 million arrests over the past 40 years. These ranged from petty convictions to more serious crimes, though most of them have been minor offences which have put the justice system under massive pressure. Today, perceptions of this war are changing as real discussion by Congress is taking place about marijuana being taken down from the most dangerous classification, and efforts being focused on real dangers to society.
The House I Live In documentary explores how America became the country with the largest percentage of its population incarcerated. This has destroyed some of the poorest communities both in mainland United States and abroad, which inspired Jarecki to make a film critical of human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.