Charles Burnett

Mer Young

Filmmaker Charles Burnett ’69, M.F.A. ’77 was part of UCLA’s revolutionary film movement the L.A. Rebellion, composed of black independent filmmakers who countered stereotypes by producing films that reflected their experiences and communities. One of the most acclaimed films from the movement is Killer of Sheep, Burnett’s master’s thesis about an exhausted slaughterhouse worker, his family and their quest to live with dignity amid crushing poverty.