Killer of Sheep

Sunday, October 30, 2022

DCP Projection

Burnett’s films focus on everyday life in black communities in a manner rarely in American cinema — combining lyrical elements with a starkly neorealist, documentary-style approach that chronicles the unfolding story with depth and riveting simplicity. In Killer of Sheep, Stan, employed at a slaughterhouse, is suffering from the emotional side effects of his bloody occupation to such a degree that his entire life unhinges. Burnett once said of the film, “[Stan’s] real problems lie within the family, trying to make that work and be a human being. You don’t necessarily win battles; you survive.”

Screening as part of a 7-film retrospective accompanying Elvis Mitchell’s IS THAT BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU?!?

Previously screened as part of the series Movietown: Los Angeles Plays Itself and Other LA Visions.

  • Year 1977
  • Running Time 80 minutes
  • Distributor Kino Lorber
  • Director Charles Burnett
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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