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21 Ratings

Bisbee '17

Directed by Robert Greene
United States, 2018


An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.

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Bisbee '17 Directed by Robert Greene
It feels like the grand statement that Greene has been building up to this whole decade, bringing together his various thematic interests (not just performance, but also self-delusion, education, and the quirks of regional American life) to symphonic effect.
October 04, 2018
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Greene’s film moves in a forward, circular motion, through swift, precise interviews and extraordinarily evocative images of the mines that continue to remind us where we are.
September 09, 2018
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This is not an allegory, a metaphor, or a fable making use of whatever parallels we may see between 1917 and 2017. It’s an operational sequence that draws multiple intersections between the production of copper in yesteryears, the First World War, the deportation of mostly immigrant miners in Bisbee and ongoing debates over border security, labor rights, and land claims.
September 06, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film Bisbee '17

    #HotDocs25 A weird long-feeling mess of a doc that seems to have been made without the input of an editor, and whose organizational strategy was the occasional inter-title announcing that one of the six "chapters" had arbitrarily ended, and another was beginning. Plenty about the story and the people is fascinating, but the work is all yours, viewer. That shit has not been curated. 2.5

  • Emily Piellusch's rating of the film Bisbee '17

    About the multiplicity of histories. A Picasso of a film. Although a bit sloppily edited and filmed, this documentary wove the past/present/fictional into such a beautiful magical web. A really beautiful achievement. I went to a q&aafter a showing of the film and they said that they edited it within a few months of filming in order to show the film to the community in time for the anniversary

  • Mtume Gant's rating of the film Bisbee '17

    4.5 One of the best American films of the decade. One of the best docs I've seen period. Uncovers how the history of labor exploitation and the exploitation of people of color and immigrants in this country are directly connected and intertwined. But why its impressive is how Greene tells the story, never answering where he can't and making us experience more than try to tell us. Brilliant

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