Crack USA: County Under Siege

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Published on 5th February 2016 by

Crack USA: County Under Siege is a 1989 documentary which explores the serious crack epidemic which had spread across America, it was filmed in Palm Beach, Florida, where entire communities were being torn apart by crack cocaine. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

The film successfully showed that the drug knew no socio-economic boundaries with people of all backgrounds falling victim to the epidemic, teenagers were particularly vulnerable and many teenagers in the documentary talk extensively about the drastic measures they have taken to obtain the money required to obtain the drug.

Crack was abundant and affordable, particularly in Florida thanks to Miami famously being the hub for cocaine importation (see the acclaimed 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys, which tells the history of cocaine in Miami).

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