Killer of Sheep Movie Review
Killer of the Sheep, a 1977 film directed and produced by African American filmmaker Charles Burnett caught my eye, as I was channel surfing and landed on Turner Classic Movies. Set in Watts an inner-city neighborhood in Los Angeles. The film is centered on Stan a slaughterhouse worker, overwhelmed by the economic challenges of the Black working class.
The videography was poetic justice, filmed in black and white, and casting naturalistic images that were authentic to the settings time and place.
Why I find this film inspiring is its portrayal of working class Blacks is transcendent and relevant to present times. The main character Stan, although he physically experiences poverty on a daily basis he still is disillusioned. In one of the scenes he tries to convince his friends that he is better off than most Blacks around him because he has obtained some material possessions.
The images of sheep being led to the slaughter are symbolic of the working class dilemma, of never obtaining a living wage substantial enough to provide the promise of the American Dream.