Bisbee ’17

Bisbee ’17

Robert Greene / 2018 / 112 minutes / Spine #19

Radically combining collaborative documentary, western, and musical elements, the new film by Robert Greene (Kate Plays Christine) follows several members of a 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 largely forgotten event came to be known as the Bisbee Deportation. Bisbee ’17 documents locals as they play characters and stage dramatic scenes from the controversial story, culminating in a large scale recreation of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and offer conflicting views of the event, underscoring the difficulty of collective memory, while confronting the current political predicaments of immigration, unionization, environmental damage, and corporate corruption with direct, haunting messages about solidarity and struggle.



• Audio Commentary by Director Robert Greene

• Bisbee ’17 Shorts (36 minutes)

Ghost Towns of Arizona, a short film by Robert Greene (2006, 7 minutes)

• Deleted and Extended Scenes (37 minutes)

• Theatrical Trailer

• Booklet featuring an Oral and Visual History of the Making of Bisbee ’17




Kate Plays Christine, a gripping nonfiction thriller, and winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival



→ Read Robert Greene’s 10/10 list.


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  • "The best film of the year. Profoundly haunted and haunting."

    — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
  • "A riveting, emotionally galvanizing achievement."

    — Justin Chang, The LA Times
  • "A passionately ambitious, patiently empathetic mapping of modern times."

    — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
  • "An investigation into memory, intolerance, corporate-labor conflicts and race relations that’s as audacious as it is timely."

    — Nick Schager, Variety
  • "Instantly essential. Among the best documentaries you'll see this year."

    — Brian Tallerico,
  • "Absolutely mesmerizing."

    — Daniel Schindel, The Film Stage
  • "An American Riff on The Act of Killing; A fascinating and dream-like mosaic about a forgotten American tragedy."

    — David Ehrlich, Indiewire
  • "A ghost story by way of a documentary. A lyrical, haunting probe into the way history intertwines with the present."

    — Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
  • "A haunting, surreal meditation."

    — David Fear, Rolling Stone
  • "A big, wildly ambitious movie. Timely in the ways it interrogates notions of freedom, identity, and justice."

    — Dan Jackson, Thrillist
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