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This Is Our Slaughterhouse

Film by Matthew Broerman
Produced by Matthew Broerman, Ariana Liaugminas
Cinematographer: Matthew Broerman
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Editing: Matthew Broerman
Copyright: 2000, Matthew Broerman
22 minutes, Color
Original format: DV Mini, 2000
Distributor: mbroerman(at)hotmail.com
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This short documentary follows the ten workers of Broerman Poultry Processing, revealing their surprisingly close relationships, despite the gruesome nature of their job. The colorful interviews and raw supporting footage give new perspectives on family values, hard work, and what happens inside a slaughterhouse.

The filmmaker Matthew Broerman writes "I never thought of making a documentary. It took a friend to convince me that not everyone grew up working in a slaughterhouse. I realized the slaughterhouse I had worked in all those years was bizarrely entertaining enough that it might make an interesting documentary. So in the fall of 2002 I began creating This is Our Slaughterhouse."

This film is available on DVD from the filmmaker "mbroerman(at)hotmail.com"

"Slaughterhouse" tells the tale of a family run chicken- and turkey-butchering operation with loyal employees and loyal customers, and the filmmaker is a member of the family. The workers have a genuine respect for each other and a healthy (if grim) sense of humor about their profession. In a business where workers have titles like "Gut Puller" and "Butt Cutter," you've got to keep a smile on your face. It's also pleasant to witness chicken "harvesting" that isn't filthy, foul or rife with brutality.
--- The Durango Herald

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