United States 2018, 120 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
The dark cloud that hangs over Bisbee, Arizona, is not something you’d notice at first glance. The small, laidback desert town near the Mexican border carries a hundred-year-old scar in its soul. On July 12, 1917, the town sheriff and his men rounded up 2,000 people—most of them Mexican and East European immigrants, miners who had gone on strike to protest their harsh working conditions—and deported them. Many died, leaving their families destitute. Director Robert Greene (Kate Plays Christine, screened here at Docaviv) interweaves historical research of the events with a series of original, intensely dramatic reenactments, starring Bisbee’s current residents. The emotional turmoil forces the town to face questions of racism, exploitation, hate speech and whitewashing.
Previous Festivals:Sundance, Hot Docs
Production: Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Bennett Elliott
Cinematography: Jarred Alterman
Robert Greene is an award winning filmmaker and writer. His latest film, BISBEE ’17, premiered in competition at Sundance 2018. His previous film KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (2016) won a Jury Award for Writing at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Robert’s documentaries include the Gotham Awards-nominated ACTRESS (2014), FAKE IT SO REAL (2011) and the Gotham Awards-nominated KATI WITH AN I (2010).