In this standout work of neorealism from Charles Burnett, a Watts, LA slaughterhouse worker must negotiate the neighborhood’s retrograde influences and fight his own personal demons in order to keep from going under in the ghetto. Killer of Sheep is one of the first 50 films to be selected for the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry and listed as one of the “100 Essential Films” by the National Society of Film Critics. Preceded by The Horse, a short film work also directed by Burnett.