Bisbee '17


Hart House Theatre Fri, Apr 27, 2018 2:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 7 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 11:30 AM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Fri, May 4, 2018 5:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:America
Labour & Working People
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Robert Greene
Producer(s):Douglas Tirola
Susan Bedusa
Bennett Elliott
Executive Producer(s):Dan Cogan
Jenny Raskin
Geralyn White Dreyfous
Regina K. Scully
Laurene Powell Jobs
Davis Guggenheim
Jonathan Silberberg
Nicole Stott
Editor(s):Robert Greene
Cinematography:Jarred Alterman
Composer:Keegan DeWitt


This Sundance 2018 favourite chronicles the quirky town of Bisbee, Arizona, just down the road from Tombstone and the Mexican border. Once home to one of the largest copper mines in America, it was relegated to near ghost town status with the inevitable mine closing in the 1970s. Today celebrated as a community of harmless eccentrics, Bisbee was the site of a notorious and brutal tragedy in 1917, when 1,200 striking mine workers were violently rounded up from their homes and streets. Targeted for their pro-union sympathies, the mostly immigrant workers were forced at gunpoint onto cattle cars and deposited in the middle of the New Mexican desert to die. Award-winning filmmaker Robert Greene pushes the boundaries of traditional non-fiction storytelling as he and the townsfolk recreate and dramatize the infamous events of 1917. Their often hilarious efforts attempt to better understand this mostly whitewashed event and the role it played in shaping the consciousness of their past and present. Chris McDonald

Additional Information

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Original Cin - "Hot Docs: What to see during sprawling (and way cool) Documentary Festival."

Talk Film Society - "Bold, striking and intense."