Bisbee '17 (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Bisbee '17 offers one town's reckoning with its own history as a compelling argument that the mistakes of the past are truly corrected only when they're faced head on.

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An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.

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A fascinating exercise in nonfiction filmmaking as a performative, interdisciplinary, collective act, as well as a provocative inquiry into how selective memory, ideology, shame and unspeakable trauma shape what we come to accept as official history.

Oct 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It would be enough for any documentary to tell this piece of hushed-up history, but Bisbee '17 is onto something more radical; watching it is like witnessing the defusing of a time bomb from a foot away.

Sep 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An interesting if unfulfilling documentary experiment...

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Greene has made a hard movie to argue with, even as he invites you to do exactly that.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

In some respects "Bisbee '17" serves as a kind of therapy for the town. But it's still difficult material.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Greene's movie... grows into an adventurous exercise in drama-documentary; what could have seemed arch or awkward is handled with grace and tact, and there is even a song.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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