Bisbee ’17

The streets of Bisbee fill with ghosts from the past when this little town in Arizona gets ready to commemorate the mining strike and the consequent mass deportations that took place 100 years ago. Historical re-enactment is used as an approach a confrontation that culminated in violence. Bisbee ’17 describes an emotional process that brings the townspeople closer to their hushed history.

In family lore, the causes for deportations are dictated by necessity. Attempts are made to clear them of racism and greed. When one sets out to unravel contradictory stories by repetition, emphasis is on the old truth about history being told from the perspective of the winners. The workers left in the desert in the Bisbee Deportations never returned to tell their own truth.

Documentarist Robert Greene shows how the past repeats itself in numerous present-day variations. By perceiving one’s own part in history one can step out of its shadow and change its recurring patterns. Bisbee ’17 puts some of the town’s ghosts to rest and lets others to wander on down the streets.

Emilia Koivumäki  (Translation: Mikko Kuusimäki)

Language: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English (partly)

  • Director: Robert Greene
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 125 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Jarred Alterman
  • Editing: Robert Greene
  • Music: Keegan DeWitt
  • Production: Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Bennett Elliott / 4th Row Films


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