Killer of Sheep

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Dir. Charles Burnett

USA 1977 | Black & white | 87 mins | Cert 12A | Drama

Cast: Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy

Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is becoming increasingly detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a coffee cup against his cheek, slow dancing to the radio with his wife, holding his daughter. The film offers no solutions; it merely presents life – sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with transcendent joy and gentle humour. Combining lyrical elements with a neo-realist documentary style, Burnett unfolds his story with riveting simplicity. (Restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Available on: DCP, DVD, 35mm

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