Seminar: Killer of Sheep

Black Independent Film
Sep 20, 2022, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
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While Black voices have been unjustly marginalized in the dominant narratives of American cinema, Black talent has a long history of enriching the movies, often operating brilliantly within the restraints set by independent production and distribution. With Princeton professor Kinohi Nishikawa as our guest curator for this series, we’ve recruited a roster of experts to speak on films ranging in release date, subject matter, and genre. Taken together, these films represent an evocative cross-section of the Black experience as reflected at the movies.

Event Description

Discussion Lead Samantha Shepard, Cornell University

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Set in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, KILLER OF SHEEP is an artful drama that follows a slaughterhouse worker through a series of poetic vignettes. Feeling increasingly alienated, Stan struggles to balance his work and personal life in this stunning film about members of the Black working class. Among the film’s highlights are its candid portrayals of children at play and a masterfully deployed soundtrack featuring such legends as Dinah Washington and Paul Robeson. Filmed in the early 1970’s, the film was not released nationally until 2007 when it received a restoration by the UCLA Film Archives.

Featuring the short "Your Children Come Back to You" before the film.

Event Type
Art and Culture
Event Category
AAS Recommended Events


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