Killer of Sheep

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Restored version of one of the most famous and acclaimed films by an African-American filmmaker. Charles Burnett’s KILLER OF SHEEP was one of the first 50 films to be selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and was chosen by the National Society of Film Critics as one of the 100 Essential Films, a true indie great. In KILLER OF SHEEP, the protagonist, employed at the slaughterhouse, is suffering from the emotional side effects of his bloody occupation to such a degree that his entire life unhinges. His refusal to become involved in the similarly destructive, but human-focused occupations of his more affluent friends and acquaintances becomes the odd obstacle to the family’s well being. 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.” Presented by Colby College Cinema Studies. Unrated. 80 Min.