Arts & Culture

BFI film feature ‘Killer of Sheep’: A look at African-America life in 70’s LA

8:50 pm - 9:40 pm | 18 November 2020
BFI Southbank | £10.20 - £13.75

A classic of African-American cinema and US indie filmmaking, Burnett’s first feature is both lyrical and starkly neorealist.

Burnett’s portrait of a struggling African-American family in L.A.’s Watts neighborhood influenced generations of filmmakers. Even four decades later, this “American masterpiece” (Manohla Dargis) has lost none of its power or beauty.

It’s an ultra-realist depiction of their everyday lives, with little narrative thrust, but plenty of telling details.

The music soundtrack is terrific too.

Black dignity. Every frame of this film is affirming, ‘We are enough, we are enough, we are enough, just as we are.’

It will expand your heart with its wordless, cinematic power. Melt with its power.

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1978 USA
Dir Charles Burnett
With Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy
Certificate 12A

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