BISBEE ’17

 

USA 2018; 112 min. NR. Direction: Robert Greene.

In 1917 the United States went to war with Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany. Bisbee, Arizona was the copper-mining capital of the world. The copper miners of Bisbee, mostly Mexican and Eastern European immigrants, chafed under dangerous working conditions, low wages, and discrimination. Radicalized by the International Workers of the World, they struck the mines. The powers that be – the county sheriff and the mining company – retaliated with the Bisbee Deportation: rounding up some 1200 strikers and others at gunpoint and exiling them to the New Mexican desert, with warnings never to return on penalty of death. In 2017, Bisbee decided to reenact this notorious event of local history, with townspeople (some of them descendants of the original participants) playing both the miners and the deputized mob that evicted them. The consequences were compelling, unpredictable and deeply resonant of the American condition both past and present.

Reviews

“A searing work of American folk art”Slant Magazine.

Collapses past and present into one another, and in doing so achieves a singularly strange and unsettling vision of apparently intractable American hatreds The Film Stage.

“Straddles past and present in ways that would be plenty unsettling even without any knowledge of recent headlines” – The AV Club.

Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize nominee, Best Documentary.

Days/Times

Tuesday October 16 – 7:30PM;
Wednesday October 17 – 7:30PM;
Friday October 19 – 7:30PM.
Sunday October 21 – 1, 3:15PM.  NOTE: No show Saturday 10/20. Friday 10/19 substitutes.

Tickets

$6.00 adults, $4.00 seniors, $3.00 Clark students, faculty and staff (with ID)

WCUW-Radio members with their membership cards get two-for-one admission.

NOTE: The door to the Geography Library elevator will be open on Cinema 320 show nights from 6:45-7PM, and Sunday afternoons before the first matinee from 12:15PM-12:30PM.

THIS WILL BE THE LAST FILM OF THE FALL SCHEDULE. CINEMA 320 WILL SEE YOU NEXT SPRING!