Charles Burnett – African Artists’ Association Guest Speaker

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Charles Burnett

Charles Burnett is an African-American film director, film producer, writer, editor, actor, photographer, and cinematographer. His most popular films include “Killer of Sheep” (1977), “My Brother’s Wedding” (1983), “To Sleep with Anger” (1990), “The Glass Shield” (1994), and “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation” (2007).

Charles studied at UCLA’s Film Department and is considered by the Chicago Tribune as “one of America’s very best filmmakers”, and by the New York Times as “the nation’s least-known great filmmaker and most gifted black director”. Charles Burnett earned the Freedom in Film Award, was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Human Rights Watch International the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the J.P. Getty Foundation.

The prestigious Howard University’s Paul Robeson Award was given to Burnett for achievement in cinema. To honor his achievements, the mayor of Seattle declared February 20, 1997, Charles Burnett Day.

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