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Bisbee '17 (2017)

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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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Critic Reviews for Bisbee '17

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

The film is rich and multifaceted, as Greene employs an array of styles (historical reenactments, direct cinema-style portraiture, musical numbers) to investigate the complex relationship between Bisbee's past and present.

March 29, 2018 | Full Review…

In "Bisbee '17," Greene peels the layers of oblivion off history like so many layers of paint.

January 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The result is a singularly American riff on The Act of Killing, a fascinating and dream-like mosaic that's less driven by residual anger than by cockeyed concern, less interested in exhuming the past than in revealing its value to the present.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A bracing documentary that blends fiction and reality in ways that both complicate and enhance the material's core themes.

January 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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[Greene's] 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.

January 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The results are as powerful to watch as they clearly are for those taking part, in a multi-layered documentary that uses everything it can to excavate the past.

July 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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