The Killing Floor


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June 19 – July 10, 2020

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Live Q&A with Director Bill Duke

Sun. June 21, 2020 | 5:00 PM PST

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1984, Film Movement, 118 min, USA, Dir: Bill Duke

Bill Duke’s feature debut, which premiered on PBS’ American Playhouse series in 1984 to rave reviews, tells the little-known true story of the struggle to build an interracial labor union in the Chicago stockyards. The screenplay by Obie Award-winner Leslie Lee, based on an original story by producer Elsa Rassbach, traces the racial and class conflicts seething in the city’s giant slaughterhouses, and the brutal efforts of management to divide the workforce along ethnic lines, which eventually boiled over in the Chicago race riot of 1919. Damien Leake, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Farina and Moses Gunn star in the film, which won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award. “THE KILLING FLOOR is part of our nation’s history – a fascinating and bloody episode in the history of the U.S. labor movement … a powerful, personal drama.” – Marilyn Preston, Chicago Tribune.

Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive as part of the Sundance Institute Collection.

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Online discussion with director Bill Duke at 5:00 PM PST on Sunday, June 21st. RSVP here to receive a link to the Zoom discussion. Your link will be sent earlier on the day of the discussion.

Moderated by TV Reporter ( Jasmine Simpkins.

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