“Bisbee ’17” — by Sundance award-winning director Robert Greene, who teaches documentary at the University of Missouri — is set in Bisbee, Ariz., an eccentric old mining town just miles away from both Tombstone and the Mexican border. Radically combining documentary and genre elements, the film follows several members of the close-knit community as they collaborate with the filmmakers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bisbee Deportation, where 1,200 immigrant miners were violently taken from their homes by a deputized force, shipped to the desert on cattle cars, and left to die. As the anniversary of Bisbee’s darkest day approaches, locals dress as characters on both sides of the still-polarizing event, staging dramatic re-creations of scenes — including a musical number — from the escalating miners’ strike that led to the Deportation. The New York Times writes: “Even though ‘Bisbee ’17’ depicts a wholesome and harmonious community undertaking, it is a profoundly haunted and haunting film. What we are witnessing is not the commemoration of a past disaster but its reanimation. Every important thing this movie is about is still alive.”
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SubjectHuman Rights Immigration Labor Latino
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Based on a true story of a troubled marriage, this narrative dance film is set in the Old Lead Belt of Missouri.