Killer of Sheep

Charles Burnett

IFFR 2017

Black Rebels

  • 83'
  • USA
  • 1978
How do you prepare a child for a vulnerable existence? A man punishes his son because he didn’t fight to defend his little brother. Even though he is still a child, he must already be a man. This opening scene painfully summarises the drama. The daily battle for existence and the lack of a future serve to numb Stan and alienate him from his feelings and his family. The children playing in the rubble are the innocent, unsuspecting heirs to this painful reality. Yet hope gleams in the small moments of tenderness experienced by Stan. 
This iconic film in American cinema, written, directed, filmed, edited and produced in 1977 by L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Charles Burnett, was deemed in 2002 by the Library of Congress to be a 'national treasure'. Killer of Sheep was not seen for decades because of a question involving music rights, but is still universally praised as a visionary masterpiece.
Director
Charles Burnett
Country of production
USA
Production Year
1978
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
83'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producer
Charles Burnett
Sales
Milestone Film & Video
Screenplay
Charles Burnett
Cinematography
Charles Burnett
Editor
Charles Burnett
Sound Design
Charles Bracy
Cast
Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, Eugene Cherry, Jack Drummond