The forgotten masterpiece of 70s american cinema...
In the Watts area of Los Angeles, Stan (Henry Gayle Sanders) spends his days toiling away at a local slaughterhouse. His macabre profession seeps into his personal life as he struggles to keep his family afloat and content. By turns funny, sad, and profound, Killer of Sheep offers a sympathetic and humane glimpse into inner-city life.
‘The two great independent features of the late ’70s were Killer of Sheep and Eraserhead. Perhaps when someone writes the reception history of American independent cinema, it will be explained how and when Killer of Sheep—which had its original screenings at museums and underground showcases—came to be considered not just a good but a great movie, placed on the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in 1990.’
‘Burnett is a truly unsung cinematic movie pioneer, clearly in the vanguard in that lonely and trying battle to colorize, so to speak, ideas and experiences in film with his body of unheralded visionary work.’ NewsBlaze
This event is part of the BFI’s BLACK STAR season, taking place UK-wide, supported by Film Hub NI, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.
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