WATCH – Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey – Documentary Video

      Damage Done takes a much more subversive approach by talking to police officers and justice officials, the assault troops on the front lines of the drug war. As members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, their story is depressingly familiar: almost without exception, they started out as true believers in the war but ended up coming to the realization that they were just part of a drug enforcement industry that thrives on keeping drugs illegal.      Their message? Our current system of drug prohibition doesn’t work and needs to change.
Damage Done takes a much more subversive approach by talking to police officers and justice officials, the assault troops on the front lines of the drug war. As members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, their story is depressingly familiar: almost without exception, they started out as true believers in the war but ended up coming to the realization that they were just part of a drug enforcement industry that thrives on keeping drugs illegal. Their message? Our current system of drug prohibition doesn’t work and needs to change. review in the Vancouver Sun

“Meet a group of maverick cops – and former cops – who have put in decades fighting the war on drugs. They may be libertarians, Republicans, socialists or evangelical Christians, but they all believe strongly that drug prohibition is a terrible mistake and that all illicit drugs should be in the hands of government, not under the control of criminals. John Gayder, a currently employed constable with nearly 20 years experience, is our guide to the world of pro-legalization cops. Among this group is the legendary Frank Serpico, the man who blew the whistle on corruption in the New York Police Department, and who was shot in the face for his efforts. Then there’s retired police captain Peter Christ, who spent 20 years enforcing drug laws before co-founding the group LEAP: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. These are only a couple of the men who tell us their incredible stories. Watch Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey and you’ll be compelled to ask yourself: Is the war on drugs doing more damage than the drugs themselves?”–NFB.

 Montréal : National Film Board of Canada, ©2006.

Narrator, Cathy Jones. writer/Director, Connie Littlefield ; producers, Ann Bernier, Kent Martin ; produced by IMX Communications Inc. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada.

Connie Littlefield; Ann Bernier; Kent Martin; National Film Board of Canada.; imX Communications.

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Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey

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Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey
(54 26s minutes) Canada
Director: Connie Littlefield
Producers: Ann Bernier, Kent Martin

Description:
After thirty years of the War on Drugs, illegal narcotics have gone down in price, up in purity and availability, and way up in demand. The heroes of this film are veterans of the Drug War, and they urge us to consider ending drug prohibition both at home and around the world. They have had a complete revolution in their thinking: now they are working to end the War on Drugs. Find out what happened to change their minds and how they became the first truly radical cops.

Biography:
Connie Littlefield has been working in film and television since 1986. Connie has directed two National Film Board documentaries: All the Right Stuff (1998), and Hofmann’s Potion: The Early Years of LSD (2002). She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Ann Bernier has been working in the film and television business since 1988. She produced The Wild Dogs by director Thom Fitzgerald in 2001 and Folle Embellie, a Canada/France co-production, in 2002. imX communications inc., a production company in existence for over 20 years, has produced award-winning feature films including Margaret’s Museum, New Waterford Girl and Love and Death on Long Island.

Kent Martin has been producing and directing for the National Film Board of Canada for more than 25 years. His recent producing credits include the Genie Award-winning Westray, Hofman’s Potion.

SOURCE: http://www.unaff.org/2007/f_damage.html

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