The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs

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The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government’s 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of “out of sight, out of mind.”

The United States has only 5% of the world’s population, yet a full 25% of the world’s prisoners. At 2.5 million, the US has more prisoners than even China does with five times the population of the United States. 8 million Americans (1 in every 31) languish under some form of state monitoring known as “correctional supervision.” On top of that, the security and livelihood of over 13 million more has been forever altered by a felony conviction.

The American use of punishment is so pervasive, and so disproportionate, that even the conservative magazine The Economist declared in 2010, “never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little.”

The project will unfold over a two year period, beginning with the release of this feature-length documentary and then continuing on with the release of short films and complete interviews from each of the 100 participants in the project, meant to represent the 1 in 100 Americans that are currently sitting behind bars.

 

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Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream

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Awakening The Dreamer: Changing the Dream inspires and educates participants around the world to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling world.

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3 comments to Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream

  • I love your documentaries but this smacks of global warming stuff-I guess ole Mr. Gore needs more money, how can there ever be equality, there will always be poor with us Our Lord says as much-those who really do need help and those who live off of the rest of us.
    No animal should suffer, I love animals, they do need our help to survive but if we don’t quit poaching as many do, it will never happen. All of this comes from greed, greed from everyone, not just the wealthy as many accuse. Where do your dang jobs come from—I personally never worked for a poor man. Many of the jobs have gone overseas, why, not because the companies are greedy BUT our bad old government forces the worlds highest taxes on the corporations. Have you noticed the clothes we buy are poorly made-thin cheap material, fall apart after one washing-so don’t go after the wealthy, don’t blame it on ‘climate change’-the new phrase to replace global warming since it’s been proven false–those ice caps you show well about 5 miles down the road are FROZEN ice caps plus, those caps are ‘just the tip of the ice berg’. –do some SERIOUS RESEARCH my friends and film something believable!

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  • Jim Sage-FTG

    What dream-systems a nightmare waging WAR on r against We the Ppl to the entire World so F’em as we donut need to gov’t pieces of chit any longer-horse whip en, jail em r let be hUNg for treason n then be given a “fair trial” with a public pretender, pathologically insane DA by a dirty judge, with a few lying police

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  • arthur webb

    Two beautifully made and important videos showing us how we are all doomed. I eventually gave up watching not due to the message, not to the filming or to my sadness at some of the images but due to the stupid introduction of the pointless, unnecessary continuous assault to my concentration of the distracting “musack”. It is a puzzle to me and others why people with the nous and skill to produce such videos haven’t the nous to recognise the musacks role in turning interested people off being able to absorb “the message”. I respectfully suggest that if such video makers are interested making musicals list them under “Entertainment” and not “Documentary” after, of course, objectively questioning if the musack is of any benefit to “The Message”

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