Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

The House I Live In

Storyville: Film looking at America's War on Drugs, painting a portrait of individuals at all levels, from dealer to grieving mother, narcotics officer to senator, inmate to judge.

Storyville: As America remains embroiled in overseas conflict, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. For over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are more available today than ever before.

Filmed in more than twenty states, this film captures a definitive and heart-wrenching portrait of 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, revealing its profound human rights implications.

While recognising the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have instead treated it as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast political and economic machine that feeds largely on America's poor, especially minority communities. Yet beyond simple misguided policy, the film investigates how political and economic corruption have fuelled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic and practical failures.

Ultimately, the documentary seeks, through compassionate inquiry, to promote public awareness of the history and contemporary mechanics of this human rights crisis and to begin a national conversation about its reform.

1 hour, 45 minutes


Role Contributor
Director Eugene Jarecki
Series Editor Nick Fraser
Producer Eugene Jarecki
Producer Melinda Shopsin
Producer Sam Cullman
Producer Christopher St John
Executive Producer Danny Glover
Executive Producer John Legend
Executive Producer Brad Pitt
Executive Producer Russell Simmons
Executive Producer Nick Fraser
Executive Producer Joslyn Barnes
Executive Producer Roy Ackerman
Executive Producer David Alcaro
Executive Producer Sally Jo Fifer