The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 10, 2013

Documentary set Saturday at University Place Christian


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — “The House I Live In,” a new award-winning documentary about the U.S. drug war, will be shown 3 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall at University Place Christian Church, 2107 E. Broadway.

This Sundance Film Festival top documentary prize winner questions why the U.S. has spent more than $1 billion on drug arrests in the past 40 years, and yet drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Pastor Thelma Chambers-Young affirms the film’s director, Eugene Jarecki, who says, “We need a very changed dialogue in this country that understands drugs as a public health concern and not a criminal justice concern.”

Nannie Jeter, who helped raise Jarecki as her own son, succumbed to drug addiction and is highlighted in the film.

“From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy,” said human rights activist Jerry Galbreath, former pastor of the church.

The film screening and after-film forum and available popcorn are provided by University Place Church. Danny Glover and Brad Pitt are executive producers of the film.