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Reel to REAL: The House I Live In

Saturday, March 10 : The House I Live In (2012)
Atkins Auditorium

Theme: Drug Wars
The House I Live In | 2012| NR| 1 hr 50 min.

Engage in this film-and-dialogue series featuring movies and documentaries that spotlight challenging issues such as race, sexuality, economics, poverty and culture. Each screening is followed by a conversation between film scholars, subject experts and you!

March’s theme compares and contrasts the effects and aftermath of the 1980’s War on Drugs—poignantly captured in Eugene Richards’ photographs–with today’s opioid and prescription drug crisis.

For 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 and minority communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.

Filmed in more than twenty states, Eugene Jarecki ‘s documentary, 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—a definitive portrait revealing its profound human rights implications.

Following the film will be a moderated discussion led by Brian Hearn, curator and arts writer for KC Studio and Dr. Kristi Holsinger, professor and chair of the Criminal Justice and Criminology department at UMKC.

Series continues Saturday, March 17: Dr. Feelgood (2013)