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Considered one of Americas greatest filmmakers, Charles Burnett was born in Mississippi in 1944, he grew up in Watts. He was one of the privileged blacks who had access to college education in those days; the 60s. He studied at UCLA's Film Department. He was first noticed in 1981 with Killer of Sheep which won a prize at Berlin. Burnett's film The... See full bio »
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Known For

Killer of Sheep
Killer of Sheep Director
(1978)
To Sleep with Anger
(1990)
The Glass Shield
The Glass Shield Director
(1994)
My Brother's Wedding
(1983)

Filmography

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 2012 Mulatto Saga (Short)
 2010 42 One Dream Rush (Short)
 2009 Relative Stranger (TV Movie)
 2007 Quiet as Kept (Short)
 2004 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 2003 For Reel? (TV Movie documentary)
 2003 Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (Documentary)
 2002 American Family (TV Series)
 2000 Finding Buck McHenry (TV Movie)
 2000 Olivia's Story (Short)
 1999 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1998 Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland (Documentary short)
 1998 The Wedding (TV Movie)
 1997 Documenta X - Die Filme (Documentary)
 1996 Nightjohn (TV Movie)
 1995 When It Rains (Short)
 1991 America Becoming (Documentary)
 1973 The Horse (Short)
 1969 Several Friends (Short)
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In cinema, we're ck people] the only ones whose language is considered realistic when it's demeaning. [from The 50 Most Influential Black Films by S. Torriano Berry with Venise T. Berry] See more »

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He and filmmaker Haile Gerima were classmates at UCLA's Film School; Gerima acknowledges him as a friend and mentor. See more »

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