Documentary Bisbee '17 opens in local theaters

 

A new documentary filmed in the southern Arizona town of Bisbee, Ariz., opens in the Valley, today.

Bisbee '17 revisits a dark chapter in Arizona's past that many don't know about or want to remember.

Just over 100 years ago, Phelps Dodge organized the mass deportation of striking immigrant workers.

More than 1,200 were thrown into cattle cars and sent to the desert in New Mexico.

Filmmaker Robert Greene used Bisbee residents to reenact the incident as a way for the town to reckon with its past.

But Green says Bisbee '17 has a lot to say about the way we live today.

"It's not a history lesson, it's a movie about today, it's a movie about how the ghosts of the past resonate today," he said.

The movie is playing at Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square in Scottsdale.

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