Danny Glover Tells Us Why He Produced the War on Drugs Documentary 'The House I Live In'

January 30, 2014

Danny Glover is an American actor and film director. He is widely recognized for his roles as Albert Johnson in the Color Purple and as Sergeant Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon Series. But he is also known for his decade’s long commitment to civil rights and social justice. Glover spoke to WDET’s Martina Guzman about why he produced, The House I Live In, a documentary that takes a deep look at America’s war on drugs.

"Eugene Jarecki’s seminal film Why We Fight dissected the underbelly of the American war machine. Now, with scalpel-like precision, Jarecki turns his lens on a less visible war—one that is costing more lives, destroying more families, and quickly becoming a scourge on the soul of American society. In the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad. Yet drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong, and what can be done?

Comprehensive in scope, heart wrenching in its humanity, and brilliant in its thesis, Jarecki's new film grabs viewers and shakes them to their core. The House I Live In is not only the definitive film on the failure of America’s drug war, but it is also a masterpiece filled with hope and the potential to effect change. This film is surely destined for the annals of documentary history."-Sundance Institute