Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bisbee ’17 Movie Review

   Rating: 3.5/5


An previous mining city on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 migrator miners precisely one hundred years agone. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their moot past.
 parliamentarian author (Kate Plays Christine) serves up a robust jolt to the conscience with this fascinatingly distressing – and disturbingly relevant – expose of 1 tiny town’s horrific act. On the one hundredth day of remembrance of an occasion referred to as the Bisbee Deportation, author revisits the scene of the crime seeking answers.

A grim gap title sequence lays out the disconcerting facts of the case; migrator mine employees within the border city of Bisbee, Arizona determined to strike for higher operating conditions, and starting on Gregorian calendar month twenty six, 1917, 2000 deputised locals rounded up the 1200 strikers and forcibly shipped them off to Land of Enchantment. Tensions were thus high close the strike action that, in one instance, a man even helped deport his own brother.

Despite the obviously horrifying nature of the scenario, Greene’s film admirably offers up a fairly even-handed collection of perspectives on the event. Old folks unsurprisingly wring their hands over “socialists” threatening to take over the town, while an especially compelling young, liberal immigrant can’t help but identify with the strikers’ struggle.

There are, somewhat inevitably, a lot of “both sides” interviewees who don’t seem keen to commit to one viewpoint or another, at least on camera. The crux of the argument, though, boils down to something fairly simple; was the deportation a racially-motivated act of ethnic cleansing, or within the context of World War I, was it an act of necessity to sustain Bisbee financially?

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