The War on Drugs: What are we fighting against? Drugs, or people of color in poverty?

The House I Live In tells the story of the War on Drugs, whose enemy has remained ambiguous throughout its decades of implementation. Has America been targeting drugs themselves or the drug users from disenfranchised communities that have been systematically torn apart as a result of this so-called “war?” The film attempts to answer this question by cataloguing the history of the War on Drugs in the United States and drawing attention to the racial biases that have sustained the persecution of people of color and fed into cycles of poverty and mass incarceration. The film incorporates multiple perspectives and ... Read More

Inocente: The Story of Being a Homeless Undocumented Immigrant

When walking through major cities such as NYC, many people unconsciously expose their attitudes toward the homeless. Most passers-by give homeless people frightened glances, shrug away nervously, divert eye contact, and determinedly ignore what they say. We resist admitting this truth, because acknowledging these behaviors draws attention to a major social issue which has gone by the wayside in the United States. Our country’s homeless population is skyrocketing, due to a lack of government-funded mental health care, and due to the income inequality to which undocumented immigrants are often victims (National Alliance to End Homelessness). Despite this, statistics show that ... Read More

Virunga Asks Us to REACT to Our Similarities Rather Than Our Differences

If you’ve had any access to media outlets in recent years, it would have been nearly impossible to ignore the environmental issues plaguing the United States. There’s a general awareness of the current threat to our planet, but other than the amount of money it takes to fill our gas tanks, the potential dangers tend to feel far removed from our own experience. Orlando von Einsedel’s Virunga acts as a frightfully clear window into the realities of our world, bridging the gap between an ambivalent audience and the war for the Congo. The film does a stellar job reminding viewers ... Read More





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