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Xcèntric. 2007-2008

Charles Burnett

Variations on the Real


When he was a student at UCLA, the Afro-American filmmaker, Charles Burnett, shot a legendary film, Killer of Sheep, working on weekends over the course of a year with non-professional actors. This work, despite the awards it won at the Berlin and Sundance festivals, remains marginal and practically underground. It tells the story of a black man who works at a slaughterhouse, portraying everyday life in the Los Angeles ghetto of Watts.

The Horse, Charles Burnett. USA, 1973. 13', video.
Killer of Sheep, Charles Burnett. USA, 1977. 83', 35 mm.


Directors: Charles Burnett

This activity is part of Xcèntric. February – March 2008, Xcèntric. 2007-2008

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