About Screening at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Killer of Sheep

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In Killer of Sheep, the protagonist, employed at the slaughterhouse, is suffering from the emotional side effects of his bloody occupation to such a degree that his entire life unhinges. His refusal to become involved in the similarly destructive but human-focused occupations of his more affluent friends and acquaintances becomes the odd obstacle to the family’s well-being. Burnett once said of the film, “[Stan’s] real problems lie within the family, trying to make that work, and be a human being. You don’t necessarily win battles; you survive.” (35mm)

Location: The Toby - Indianapolis Museum of Art

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