Killer of Sheep (1977)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Release Date - Mar 30, 2007 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The first feature film from acclaimed independent African American filmmaker Charles Burnett, this intensely emotional drama concerns a man who makes his living at a slaughterhouse as he struggles for economic and emotional survival and tries to patch up his often strained relationship with his family. Shot on weekends over a period of several years and first shown publicly in 1977, Killer of Sheep slowly but surely began to develop a potent reputation among film enthusiasts; in 1981, it won honors at the Berlin International Film Festival and an enthusiastic reception at the Sundance Film Festival. It was added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 1990.

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dysfunctional, family, killing, sheep, worker

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High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance