BISBEE ’17

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28 – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3

This remarkable, genre-bursting documentary focuses on Bisbee, Arizona, a copper-rich mining town in 1917, when the workers attempted to unionize, and armed townspeople gathered up 2,000 strikers (most of them immigrants), herded them onto cattle cars and shipped them into the New Mexican desert to die. On the 100th anniversary of this long-suppressed tragedy, citizens of the now-impoverished town, several of them descendants from both sides of the conflict, stage a recreation of the Bisbee Deportation and the town’s darkest hour. It’s fascinating to observe the townspeople playing their own ancestors and staging dramatic scenes (even Brechtian musical numbers) that culminate in a large-scale recreation of the deportation on its precise anniversary. Director: Robert Greene (US 2018) 112 min.

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