Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Bisbee '17


Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 118 minutes

Bisbee '17

It’s 2017 in Bisbee, Arizona, an old copper-mining town just miles from the Mexican border. The town’s close-knit community prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bisbee’s darkest hour: the infamous Bisbee Deportation of 1917, during which 1,200 striking miners were violently taken from their homes, banished to the middle of the desert, and left to die. Townspeople confront this violent, misunderstood past by staging dramatic recreations of the escalating strike. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and “directed,” in a sense, by residents with conflicting views of the event. Deeply personal segments torn from family history build toward a massive restaging of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary. In BISBEE ’17, filmmaker Robert Greene confronts the current political predicaments of immigration, unionization, environmental damage, and corporate corruption with direct, haunting messages about solidarity and struggle. With consummate skill and his signature penchant for bending the boundaries of documentary, Greene artfully stirs up the ghosts of our past as a cautionary tale that speaks to our present. —Sundance Film Festival

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Friday, April 06, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Race Relations

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Robert Greene

Robert Greene was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1976. He received a B.A. from North Carolina State University and an M.F.A. in media art studies from City College of New York. In 2014 Greene was named as one of “10 Filmmakers to Watch” by The Independent. He is currently the filmmaker-in-chief at the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.

Owning the Weather (2009), Kati with an I (2010), Fake It So Real (2011), Actress (2014), Kate Plays Christine (2016), BISBEE '17 (2018)

Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Bennett Elliott

Robert Greene

Jarred Alterman

Robert Greene

Principal Cast
Fernando Serrano, Laurie McKenna, Ray Family, Mike Anderson, Graeme Family, Richard Hodges

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InterReligious Task Force on Central America & Colombia

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