The Killing Floor

Bill Duke, 1984   |    04/30 8:00pm

Venue: Lombard Cafe

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As a special screening on the eve of May Day, we are proud to present The Killing Floor (Bill Duke, 1984). Originally a made-for-TV movie broadcast on PBS’ American Playhouse, the film tells the real-life story of two Black sharecroppers who find work at a Chicago slaughterhouse and become involved in a pivotal labor struggle. Expertly staged, with outstanding performances and poetic dialogue by playwright Leslie Lee, the film compellingly explores the power of solidarity and what we stand to lose without it.
“Few films capture the difficulties of interracial working-class organizing as well as the 1984 movie The Killing Floor.” -Leonard Pierce, Jacobin
$5, no one turned away.