Tuesday, May 26

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Elements of Cinema: Killer of Sheep

Free Screening and Discussion – Passes Not Required


Free Screening!

BU’s Aaron Garrett Leads Tonight’s Discussion

Screening followed by audience discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

(1978) dir Charles Burnett w/Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore [83 min; DCP]
Charles Burnett’s classic of independent African American cinema about a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Introduction by Boston University professor of philosophy Aaron Garrett.

“A flat-out treasure, impervious to time.” – Jay Carr, The Boston Globe

Aaron Garrett teaches the history of philosophy and the philosophy of film at Boston University. He is particularly interested in montage and the use of sound in film. He is currently writing a book with the filmmaker David Barker on applying the knowledge that filmmakers have about their craft to thinking through issues in the philosophy of film.

“The film’s backbone is recurring images of young black girls and boys spliced and juxtaposed against sheep blindly being coaxed from their pens to the knives and hooks of the slaughterhouse. Both the children and the sheep have naivety and innocence, and we’re at once concerned for them and mesmerized by (and jealous of) their freedom.” Adam Shalvey explores the poetry and symbolism of KILLER OF SHEEP in his 2012 essay for Brattle Film Notes

Elements of Cinema logoELEMENTS OF CINEMA is a monthly free screening and discussion series presented by the Brattle Film Foundation. Funding for this event comes from grants from the Cabot Family Charitable Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts.