KILLER OF SHEEP

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Charles Burnett, 80', 1977, USA
Directed, written, produced, edited and filmed by Charles Burnett
Sound: Charles Bracy
Cast: Henry Gayle Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, Eugene Cherry, Jack Drummond
Music: Etta James, Dinah Washington, Paul Robeson, Little Walter, Earth, Wind & Fire.

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 growing 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 teacup against his cheek, slow dancing 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 humor.

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