Award-Winning Filmmaker, Public Thinker and Author
Eugene Jarecki is an award-winning filmmaker, public thinker, and author. His latest film, The House I Live In is the definitive film on the failure of America’s drug war, but it is also a masterpiece filled with hope and the potential to effect change. The film was winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the…
Eugene Jarecki is an award-winning filmmaker, public thinker, and author. His latest film, The House I Live In is the definitive film on the failure of America’s drug war, but it is also a masterpiece filled with hope and the potential to effect change. The film was winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
His film, Reagan examines the life and legacy of the 40th president, received wide critical acclaim after premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and on HBO for the occasion of Reagan’s 100th birthday.
In 2010, Jarecki worked alongside Morgan Spurlock and Alex Gibney as director of a documentary film inspired by the bestselling book Freakonomics. Earlier that year, he directed Move Your Money, a short online film encouraging Americans to move their money from “too big to fail” banks to well-rated community banks and credit unions. The film went viral, becoming an online sensation that received over 7 million hits in just its first three weeks online.
Jarecki’s 2006 film, Why We Fight, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and a Peabody Award, has been broadcast in over forty countries and released theatrically in over 250 US cities. In 2009, Simon & Schuster published Jarecki’s acclaimed book, The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril, which explores how militarism disfigures America’s foreign and defense policies as well as her broader national priorities.
In addition to his work in film, Jarecki is also a thinker on international affairs, and has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose, The Colbert Report, FOX News, CNN, and PBS, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Village Voice, New Yorker and Vanity Fair.
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Why We Fight
Eugene Jarecki, director of the documentary film Why We Fight, describes the rise and maintenance of the US military industrial complex and the 50-year involvement with the wars led by the United States, specifically the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The documentary claims that in every decade since World War II, the American public was misled, allowing the government to start a war that would fuel the military-industrial economy in order to maintain American political dominance in the world. Why We Fight documents the consequences of this foreign policy with the stories of a Vietnam War veteran whose son was killed in the September 11 attacks who asked the military to write the name of his dead son on any bomb to be dropped in Iraq; and that of a 23-year-old New Yorker who enlisted in the army because he was poor and in debt, a decision impelled by his mother’s death, and a military explosives scientist (Anh Duong) who arrived in the U.S. as a refuge from Vietnam in 1975. In this honest and compelling presentation, Jarecki states that his serious examination of President Dwight Eisenhower and the aftermath of his speech was so radical, that with the exception of the Sundance Institute, he was unable to raise funds in the U.S. to film this documentary.
Eugene Jarecki’s talk provides us with an expansive vision of the history and present of Cuba’s political and socio-economic position in the world, concluding that: if the right steps are taken, Cuba could be a role model for global civilization
The last laugh
Eugene Jarecki on His Drug-War Doc The House I Live In and Why Prohibition is Doomed
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