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Documentary explores US Drug War this Saturday

June 1, 2011

A documentary film that looks at the impact of the drug war in the US will be shown this Saturday in Grand Rapids.

According to the film press kit, American Drug War: The Last White Hope

35 years after Nixon started the war on drugs, we have over one million non-violent drug offenders living behind bars.

The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members from “legal drugs” Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a half years in the making, the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most notably the film befriends Freeway Ricky Ross; the man many accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA.

AMERICAN DRUG WAR shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just drug pushers and dope fiends, but an entire government. More importantly, it shows what can be done about it. This is not some ‘pro-drug’ stoner film, but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war, the ones who are fighting it and the ones who are living it.

This film screening is in conjunction with a new GRIID class, which is using the film to explore the impact of the US War on Drugs over the next 6 weeks. Anyone can attend the film, but if the content intrigues you then you can sign up to participate in the weekly discussions.

American Drug War

Saturday, June 4 beginning at noon

Heartside Ministry

54 S. Division

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