Killer of Sheep

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Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Charles Burnett


A masterpiece of African American filmmaking and one of the finest debuts in cinema history, Killer of Sheep was chosen for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress and named one of the 100 Essential Films by the National Society of Film Critics. In the Los Angeles community of Watts, Stan, a sensitive dreamer, is growing detached and numb from the toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds solace in moments of simple beauty. Combining lyrical moments with neorealist style, Burnett unfolds his story with compassion and humour.

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