Bisbee '17

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Radically combining collaborative documentary, western and musical elements, the film follows several members of the close knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town's darkest hour. In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert and left there to die. This long-buried and argely forgotten event came to be known as the Bisbee Deportation.


  • Mike Anderson
  • Charles Bethea
  • Ken Boe
  • Benjamin Joel Caron
  • Chris Dietz
  • Mary Ellen Dunlap
  • Aaron Gain
  • Richard Graeme III
  • Dick Graeme
  • Doug Graeme

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Sep 11, 2018

It’s interested in the continuum between then and now—and in the ways our own knowledge of community, and of ourselves in the world, can determine how we embody the lives of others. It’s the consummate act of empathy: restoring the past by bringing it to bear, in a real way, on our own lives.

K. Austin Collins
Vanity Fair
Sep 5, 2018

Greene lets the contemporary resonances reveal themselves by implication rather than thrusting them upon us.

Metacritic review by Sam Adams
Sam Adams
Aug 29, 2018

Greene is concerned with Western mythology and the interplay of past and present in Bisbee's self-dramatization. His intense focus on individuals can feel limiting in terms of the overall truth-and-reconciliation dynamic, but it also leads to some powerful moments. And the story's contemporary resonance couldn't be clearer.

Metacritic review by Sheri Linden
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter