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Friday 18 July | Stills: Scotland's Centre for Photography | 18:30

The exhibition's accompanying publication A Thousand of Him, Scattered: Relative Newcomers in Diaspora - produced in collaboration with TrAIN: Research Centre for Transnational Art Identity and Nation at University of Arts London - will be released to mark the final week of the show, including contributions from John Akomfrah, Sezgin Boynik, David Dibosa, Richard Fung, Lubaina Himid and Cinthya Lana and featuring the poetry of the Scottish-Ghanaian artist and poet Maud Sulter. The launch event will take the form of an introduction to the exhibition and accompanying publication from the curators, followed by a screening Charles Burnett’s seminal 1977 film Killer of Sheep.

Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Submitted as Burnett's Masters thesis, the film was never widely released due to the cost of the music rights, only receiving a limited release in 2007 with the restoration of the film by UCLA Film and Television Archive and Milestone Films. A poetic mediation on the African-American experience, the soundtrack to the film has been heralded as a masterpiece with contributions from Etta James, Dinah Washington, Gershwin, Rachmaninov, Paul Robeson and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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Image © 2007 Milestone Films