Still from THE KILLING FLOOR, featuring a Black man with a megaphone, flanked by two white men on either side; they wave American flags and smile.

The Killing Floor

Purchase a virtual screening of The Killing Floor!

You can purchase a digital screening of The Killing Floor for only $10, after which you’ll have 72 hours to watch the film in a virtual screening room created just for patrons of the JBFC.

Each screening of The Killing Floor purchased during this period will provide much-needed support to both the JBFC and Film Movement—who will evenly split the revenue—as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Any questions? Check out our Virtual Screening Room FAQ.

About The Killing Floor:

1984. 118 m. Bill Duke. Film Movement Classics. US. English. NR.

Praised by The Village Voice as the most “clear-eyed account of union organizing on film,” The Killing Floor tells the little-known true story of the struggle to build an interracial labor union in the Chicago Stockyards. The screenplay by Obie Award-winner Leslie Lee, based on an original story by producer Elsa Rassbach, 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 into the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. The first feature film by director Bill Duke (A Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover), 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.

New 4K restoration. Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive, laboratory services and DCP by UCLA Film & Television Archive Digital Media Lab. Special thanks to Elsa Rassbach, Sundance Institute Collection at UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Be sure to join our friends at the Gene Siskel Film Center for a LIVE Q&A this Friday, June 26 at 7:00 with director Bill Duke and writer/producer Elsa Rassbach, moderated by Black Harvest Film Festival programmer Sergio Mims. Register for this FREE event here!

Purchase a virtual screening of The Killing Floor!

How to watch:

1. Click this link to visit Film Movement Plus’s virtual cinema platform, where your one-time purchase of $10 will give you access to your virtual ticket to view the film.

2. To ensure that you are able to pause and revisit the film within your rental period, you will be required to create a free account.

3. After you have created an account and entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 72 hours. You can view the film via the link in the receipt sent to your email, or simply click “Watch Film” when the confirmation page appears directly after purchase.

4. You will be able to easily watch the film at any time within this period on any of the following platforms:

a. SMART TV (using the browser on your Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku or Chromecast)
b. MOBILE DEVICE (iPhone, iPad, Android)
c. COMPUTER (by clicking on the link in your email receipt)

5. Need help? Please visit this ​FAQ page​.

6. Please feel free to reach out to JBFC support for non-streaming questions at

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