The House I Live In
As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans.
Over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.
Filmed in more than 20 states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.
While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, especially minority communities.
Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for decades, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.
The film won the Grand Jury Prize Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
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Justin Hudnall graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts by way of the Department of Dramatic Writing. He briefly fled from the arts to serve with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in New York and Southern Sudan. He currently acts as the Executive Director of So Say We All, a San Diego based non-profit arts collective. In 2012 he was selected as a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Fellow and recipient of the Rising Arts Leader Award. His work has been featured by The Quotable, CityBeat, Voice of San Diego, Pinchback Press, Naughty American, The Huffington Post, Vermin on the Mount, and Heinemann Press.
Under his leadership at So Say We All, the collaborative publishes books and conducts readings, workshops, and performances. Its anthology, The Far East: Everything Just As It Is, was made possible by a Creative Catalyst Program Fellowship awarded to Hudnall by the San Diego Foundation through the sponsorship of San Diego Writers Ink.
Hudnall will serve as moderator for two panel discussions on The Far East: Everything Just As It Is, which captures the essence of San Diego's East County through stories, poems, photographs and narratives of over 40 contributors--established authors and beginning writers alike. The volume communicates the feel of the region through these many and varied voices. The publication is available as a numbered, limited edition print featuring letter-pressed jacket and CD audiobook of select contributors accompanied with music from "labs."
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Manuel Paul López
Manuel Paul López, winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize for Poetry from the University of Notre Dame Press for The Yearning Feed, was born and raised in El Centro, California, and received degrees from the University of California, San Diego and San Francisco State University.
He is a CantoMundo fellow and was recently awarded a Creative Catalyst Fund grant from the San Diego Foundation in 2012, making him one of 15 inaugural fellows. The writer’s work has been published in Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingue, The Bitter Oleander, Hanging Loose, Rattle, and ZYZZYVA, among others, and anthologized in Roque Dalton Redux ).
López’s first book, Death of a Mexican and other Poems, was published by Bear Star Press in 2006 and was awarded the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. The author and his wife live in San Diego, California with his wife.
PEN Center USA
PEN Center USA, one of two centers in the United States and the third largest in the world, was founded in 1943 and incorporated as a nonprofit association in 1981. PEN Center USA’s membership of more than 800 writers includes poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists (for the original letters in the acronym, “PEN”), as well as television and screenwriters, critics, historians, editors, journalists, and translators.
PEN Center USA strives to protect the rights of writers around the world, to stimulate interest in the written word, and to foster a vital literary community among the diverse writers living in the western United States. The organization, therefore, has two distinct yet complementary aims: to promote a literary culture and to protect freedom of expression. Among PEN Center USA’s various activities are public literary events, a mentorship project, literary awards, and international human rights campaigns on behalf of writers who are censored or imprisoned.
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