Entertainment Magazine

Inside a "Crack House"

Posted on the 14 June 2011 by Raghavmodi @raghavmodi
Crack House is a documentary that does not really shock you. What it does is give you an insight into the workings of a drug house and simultaneously focuses on the impact of drugs on the families of those who use/sell them.
Anthony Wonke's documentary revolves around an undercover operation by ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs, Firearms) that led to the incarceration of a drug gang in Rockford, Illinois. The ATF with the help of an informer was able to install video cameras inside a "crack house" which led to over 1000 hours of recordings that gave a fascinating view of what really goes on behind their closed and well protected doors. The guns, the drugs, the violence, and the boasts of crimes committed by the drug dealers was part of everyday life as were the visits by people from all demographics to buy drugs.
What was interesting for me were the interviews with the law and enforcement officers who gave a step-by-step description of the entire operation. What was even more interesting were the interviews with the families left behind and the drug dealers (by phone) who are now in prison for anywhere from 15 to 45 years. Be it grandmothers, mothers (who were prior drug users in a couple of cases), sisters, or specially children; it is really sad watching how their lives have been affected by just one member of the family going to prison. Surprisingly, although the families acknowledge that mistakes were made, they all feel that the punishment was much severe than deserved.
Crack House makes for an interesting watch because it is an exposé into the lives of people (drug dealers) most of us will not come across in our lives, but for me it was the interviews with the family members that made the entire documentary more emotional and worth a watch.
Note: Personally I find it hard to rate documentaries. I always find that they have such a strong message for someone or the other that it's almost unfair to give them a rating. But, just keeping in mind the interest factor and not counting in the emotional, I would give it 4/5 star rating.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Inside True Blood Answers First Fan Question

    Inside True Blood Answers First Question

    The Scoop on Witches:Gianna Sobol, keeper of HBO‘s blog – Inside True Blood – has provided an answer to the very first fan-submitted question. Read more

    By  Truebloodnetcom
  • Inside True Blood Answers Third Fan Question

    Inside True Blood Answers Third Question

    The third fan question on the Inside True Blood Blog was: “What is the strangest thing you have encountered on set?”“I walked over to the commissary to grab... Read more

    By  Truebloodnetcom
  • Music in Oxford: Dubwiser- A Crack In Paradise

    Music Oxford: Dubwiser- Crack Paradise

    While the weather is starting to become a little less ridiculously hot, reggae can no longer be used as the background to a barbecue or the soundtrack to a... Read more

    By  Outroversion
  • [House] 8x01: Twenty Vicodin

    [House] 8x01: Twenty Vicodin

    Original Air Date: 3 October 2011Storyline: A year has passed since House crashed his car into Cuddy's home, and we find House spending time behind bars at the... Read more

    By  Tvgeek
  • Charlton House

    Charlton House

    As I promised in the visit to Charlton village, here's a look at Charlton House. It has the air of a National Trust property, but is in fact owned by the... Read more

    By  Carolineld
  • Inside BT Tower

    Inside Tower

    For many Londoners, the BT Tower is one of our most frustrating landmarks. Originally housing a revolving restaurant, it has been firmly closed to the public fo... Read more

    By  Carolineld
  • Opera Review: Another Crack at the Rainbow Bridge

    Opera Review: Another Crack Rainbow Bridge

    The Return of the Lepage Das Rheingold. Scene Two of Rheingold with Bryn Terfel (center) as Wotan. Photo by Ken Howard © 2010 The Metropolitan Opera. Read more

    By  Superconductor