The House I Live In

RSA Event


RSA House, London

  • Criminal justice
  • Prisons
  • Global

RSA ScreensThis is a special screening of Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In, which portrays America’s long-running war on drugs and reveals its profound human rights implications.


Eugene Jarecki’s acclaimed documentary traces the history of America's changing attitudes to drugs and the role of the criminal justice system in shaping those attitudes.


For over forty years, America's "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 despite that, drugs in America are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty US states, and with personal accounts from inmates, prison officers and judges, ‘The House I Live In’ poses urgent questions: What caused the war? What perpetuates it? And what can be done to stop it?


The screening will be followed by a conversation with director, writer and producer Eugene Jarecki, where he will discuss his film and consider different approaches to prison, resettlement and drugs services in the US and in the UK.


Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist will chair the discussion after the film.

Organised in association with Dogwoof.

The House I Live In won the Grand Jury prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Find out more here.

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