December 17, 2012

Movie Review: "Breaking the Taboo"

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Recently Richard Branson was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and he mentioned his son was releasing a movie for free on YouTube called "Breaking the Taboo" about the drug war. I thought it was awesome that they were releasing the film for free in it's entirety for people to learn more so I went and checked it out. It's an hour long and features big hitters like Bill Clinton and former presidents of the major drug countries such as Colombia. It's narrated by Morgan Freeman (is there any other narrators? March of the Penguins people!).



The War on Drugs began in the '70s with Nixon and "hippies." However, in typical American fashion we pushed other countries to join in our war since it was "everybody's problem." Every time the US comes into another country to solve the drug problem, it becomes violent and deadly. We were shipping guns into these countries to fight the cartels but that only resulted in more deaths of innocent lives. Now all these former Presidents and world leaders have come together to form The Global Commission on Drug Policy which aims to break the taboo on the war on drugs.

There's also another movie related to the prison industrial complex around the drug war called "The House I Live In" that I also want to see (but it's not on Netflix yet). There are 2.3 million people incarcerated in this country which is more than China who have over a billion people. Drug addicts have to commit crimes in order to fund their addictions and as Bill Clinton points out in the film that if we made cigarettes or alcohol illegal, people would commit crimes to support those addictions as well. Drugs are not the cause of violence, it's the addiction.

I've never touched any drugs in my life; however, I know that marijuana kills less people a year than cigarettes and alcohol which are both legal. I understand the people getting arrested for possession are typically addicts who need treatment rather than a jail cell. Yes, drugs are bad but how we've gone about eradicating them from our society has been detrimental and quite frankly not very efficient. The movie points to Portugal and Switzerland who decriminalized drugs and have seen great successes. So it can be done. Drug addiction is a medical problem that needs to be treated medically not criminally.

I highly recommend watching this film to open your eyes to seeing a different perspective on a war we've been fighting for over 40 years. Here it is in it's entirety:

9 comments:

  1. Ugh, we need to worry about our own problems instead of going to other countries and spreading the hate for us lol.

    This sounds like a really good movie!

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    1. lmao amen! It was and I loved that they made it available for free

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  2. That looks like a really great movie and I'm bummed I'm not in NYC to watch it. Spread the knowledge, not the hate!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  3. Ooo you always give the good reviews on good movies. I definitely watched The Art of Rap (I hope that's what it's called, I can't remember, I shut my brain down for the Holiday break, don't judge me). I will have to watch this now too! Thanks Chica!

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    1. haha yes The Art of Rap, how did you like it?

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    2. I thought it was really good, very informative. I just wish he would have included more new rappers like Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. Otherwise it was worth my streaming Netflix time ;) .

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  4. This looks awesome! Before I stayed home with my kids, I was a criminal defense paralegal. 90% of our clients were addicts. It's so sad. Washington just legalized marajuana. I'm so curious to see what that does for our state.

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    1. Yes congrats on legalizing marijuana... let's hope there's positive results so the rest of America will follow suit!

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