Bless Their Little Hearts

Opens Jun 23, 2017

Ten summers ago, Ragtag presented Charles Burnett's astonishing Killer of Sheep, a lyrical, Watts-set portrait of a slaughterhouse worker. This June, we bring the equally vital Bless Their Little Hearts, a newly restored classic from 1983 that was written/photographed by Burnett and directed by his classmate Billy Woodberry. In Watts, a married couple (Nate Hardman and Kaycee More) raise three children while faced with unemployment. This vibrant, devastating film is one of the key works of the L.A. Rebellion, a filmmaking movement centered around UCLA, where a number of Black filmmakers, including Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), helped revitalize independent cinema. 

"Indispensable. Quietly revolutionary. A neo-neorealist masterpiece." (Melissa Anderson, Village Voice)