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Don't Miss: Film screening features director Charles Burnett

The 1977 drama "Killer of Sheep," set in Watts, spotlights lives of poverty and frustration. It will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Michigan Theater, and director Burnett will appear for a question and answer session following the film.

Since its initial release, the Library of Congress has declared "Killer of Sheep" a national treasure as one of the first 50 on the National Film Registry. The National Society of Film Critics selected it as one of the 100 Essential Films of all time.

Burnett shot the film on weekends on a $10,000 budget while a student at the University of California. It depicts life in the black Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.

The film has not been presented in recent years due to difficulties in securing music rights for the soundtrack.

It is presented by The Black Humanities Collective, an interdisciplinary graduate student and faculty organization dedicated to the study of Africa and its diaspora. For more information go to

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