Killer of Sheep

Streaming 2/19 | Tickets $12

Dir. Charles Burnett | 1978 | 80 min

USA | in English

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.”
Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection also features two versions of Burnett’s wonderful second feature film, My Brother’s Wedding, four short films (Several Friends, The Horse, When it Rains and Quiet as Kept), a commentary track featuring Richard Peña and Charles Burnett, and a short film by Ross Lipman of the 2007 Killer of Sheep cast reunion.