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Rated NR · 118 minutes · 2012
Eugene Jarecki, maker of the documentaries Freakonomics, Why We Fight, and The Trials of Henry Kissinger, tackles the tattered history of the US government’s so-called War on Drugs. It is a monumentally depressing failure. The doc’s nut assertion: “Since 1971, the War on Drugs has cost over $1 trillion and resulted in more than 45 million arrests. During that time, illegal drug use has remained unchanged.” This is one “outrage doc” with a bit less than the usual hopeful message in the last reel. Jarecki’s parade of experts and eyewitnesses – ex-offenders, judges, health officials, law enforcement officers, etc. — is impressive, as are his arguments that race and class prejudice enter into the policing efforts of America’s drug warriors. And yet Jarecki’s tone is cool and reasoned, never agitated. (108 min.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
Producer: Eugene Jarecki, Melinda Shopsin, Samuel Cullman, Christopher St. John, Nick Fraser, Joslyn Barnes and Danny Glover

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