Friday, December 07, 2012

'Breaking the Taboo' War on Drugs in New Doc.

Richard Branson's Son Challenges the War on Drugs in New Documentary
'Breaking the Taboo' features interviews with Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and more

DECEMBER 7, 2012 - Breaking the Taboo – a new documentary about the war on drugs – premiered last night at Google's New York headquarters, with stars including Katie Couric, Virgin mogul Richard Branson, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Natalie Imbruglia in attendance. While the one-hour film is not available in theaters, it's streaming in its entirety online.

The web-only strategy is part of producer Sam Branson's plan to make the thoroughly researched anti-prohibition film a viral sensation, potentially inspiring serious drug policy reform. The filmmaker (who is Richard Branson's son) hopes to reach a wide audience for the all-star project – which includes never-before-seen interviews with former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, narration by Morgan Freeman and a trailer starring Kate Winslet.

The film's main message is that the substantial losses of life and freedom resulting from the war on drugs, not to mention the amount of money being spent, are just not worth the paltry results: A country that continues to consume and demand drugs from a fractured global market. "It's about putting the alternatives to the prohibitionist regime on the table," says Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "Progress has been stymied, because the only options that can be discussed are ones that essentially are grounded in a law enforcement and prohibitionist approach." read more>>>

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