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This documentary follows director Kevin Booth as he investigates the world of illegal drugs, from street-corner dealers to high level kingpins, from narcotics officers to powerful judges. Appraoching his subject matter with a skeptical eye, Booth questions the effectiveness of the drug war, and the motives of those who continue to fuel it from all ends. Through research and investigation, Booth asserts that there might well be just as much greed, crime, and corruption on either side of the narcotics battle, as the drug war is steeped in issues of race and class. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
American Drug War is a new documentary by Kevin Booth (longtime friend of Bill Hicks and founder of Sacred Cow Productions) focusing on the "war on drugs" in the U.S., started by Richard Nixon and continued on by each subsequent president, which costs billions of dollars to taxpayers and has been proven to be extremely unsuccessful. Booth delves into every aspect of the drug war, covering its inception and history, its current status, theories surrounding it - leaving no stone unturned. It features a variety of fascinating interviews on both sides of the "war" zone. This documentary is comparable in quality and nature to The Corporation, in that it completely covers this one topic so well that I definitely consider this the essential documentary on the American drug war. This film is an eye opener and (like The Corporation) it should be seen by everyone, especially Americans.
Very interesting, informative, and surprisingly amusing documentary about America's unsuccessful "war on drugs." What made it particularly enjoyable was the charismatic subjects that were interviewed to make this film possible.
Some good points, but the movie-maker's hang-ups about his parents shine through and cloud this documentary. Repeatedly and needlessly bashing Republicans despite having US Rep Ron Paul and Gov Gary Johnson among other in the GOP supporting his position. Many good points and an angle on meth that I had not previously considered (that it is the modern-day moonshine) have lead me to consider advocating for the complete end to the War on Drugs rather than the much softer position I held previously. The connection between those who own the prisons and those who make the laws to fill the prisons is also another good point. Also explored was the CIA connection to both the heroin trade in Asia and the cocaine distribution in LA. Read both Dark Alliance and The Politics of Heroin to learn more of our government involvement in the proliferation of these drugs in the US.