America's longest war? It's the war on drugs.
The House I Live In
a Documentary About America's War on Drugs
Awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Undergraduate Fireside Chat with Film Producer David Kuhn
Monday, March 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Hutton Honors College Great Room (811 E. Seventh St.)
REQUIRED: See details below
Screening of The House I Live In
Monday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Jordan Hall 124
Free and open to the public, with Q&A to follow
According to the filmmakers, "Over forty years, the War on Drugs [at an
estimated cost of $1 trillion] has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made American
the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and
abroad. . . . " The film, which won Grand Jury Prize at the 2012
Sundance Film Festival, tells the stories of those caught up in this
war "from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to
the senator, the inmate to the federal judge . . ." and explores "the
profound human rights implications." From the website of The
House I Live In, a film by Eugene Jarecki and executive producers Danny
John Legend, Brad Pitt, and Russell Simmons. For more on the film and
the history of the U.S. war on drugs, go here.
David Kuhn, a former public defender and a producer and attorney
documentary The House I Live In, will be in the Hutton Honors
Great Room on Monday, March 4, for a Fireside Chat about his experiences
with the war on drugs as well as his work in film, photography,
television, and online media. Kuhn has an undergraduate degree in
economics from Harvard and a law degree from IU. The event will provide
an opportunity to meet an IU alumnus who has had an interesting and
varied career and who has played a key role in a highly acclaimed
documentary about a public policy that has had far-reaching and
unintended consequences, David Kuhn.
SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this
event, please e-mail
Anna Duquaine (firstname.lastname@example.org), indicating you wish to sign up for
the "David Kuhn" chat and include your name, e-mail address, year
and field(s) of study. The Fireside Chat is open to any IU
undergraduate through this sign-up process; but space is limited so we
will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied.
Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are invited to a
screening of The House I Live In at 7 p.m. in Jordan Hall
124. David Kuhn will be available after the viewing for a Q&A session.
This event is co-sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, Department
of American Studies, Department of Criminal Justice, Hutton Honors
College, Maurer School of Law, Political and Civic Engagement Program,
Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, and
School of Public and Environmental Affairs.