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Virtual Cinema – The Killing Floor

Praised by The Village Voice as the most “clear-eyed account of union organizing on film,” The Killing Floor premiered on PBS’ American Playhouse series in 1984 to rave reviews. In 1985 the film was invited to Cannes and won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award. It has been showcased at the Lincoln Center and festivals around the world.

The Killing Floor tells the little-known true story of the struggle to build an interracial labor union in the Chicago Stockyards and traces the racial and class conflicts seething in the city’s giant slaughterhouses, and the brutal efforts of management to divide the workforce along ethnic lines, which eventually boiled over in the Chicago Race Riot of 1919.

USA 1984, 118 min, Dir: Bill Duke


How to stream this film:

  • Click the link below.
  • Purchase your virtual ticket (you may need to register an account first). Additional information can be found on the Film Movement website.
  • The film costs $10 USD to stream – you have three days to watch it.
  • Half of your on-demand screening fee will come back to Metro Cinema.
  • Thank you for supporting Metro Cinema and enjoy the film!

Stream here via Film Movement Plus.

Having trouble watching the film? Check the Film Movement website for help or fill out their 24 hour-monitored contact form.


September 24, 2020
11:59 pm
Film available starting September 11. Screening run ends at 11:59pm MST on September 24.