This Is Our Slaughterhouse (2000)

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)"

Tags: farm, poultry, ohio, family business

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USA Film Festival - Best Student FilmDa Vinci Film Festival - Official SelectionFirst Glance Philadelphia Film Festival - 3rd Place DocumentaryTrenton Film Festival - Official SelectionFirst Look Student Film Festival - 2nd Place DocumentaryRiverRun International Film Festival - Official SelectionIowa City International Film Festival - Official SelectionKansas City Filmmakers Jubilee - Official SelectionBig Muddy Film Festival - Best Documentary


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Matthew Broerman, the distributor mbroerman(at), or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Matthew Broerman
  • Produced by: Matthew Broerman, Ariana Liaugminas
  • Cinematographer: Matthew Broerman
  • Editor: Matthew Broerman
  • Other Credits: Narrated by Adam Kleshinski. Music by Kevin Dippold.
  • Original Format: DV Mini
  • ©2000, Matthew Broerman
  • 22 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    AgricultureFamilyRural LifeWork