A whole town confronts its own, dark past in a meta-Western and an epic roleplay, based on the most violent episode in the post-civil war history of the United States.
Bisbee, Arizona. Formerly a wild west mining town, and a home for hippies, artists and eccentrics since the 1970s. But also a town with a dark past that continue to cast long shadows. 100 years ago, 1200 immigrant workers were forcefully driven away from the city by their colleagues, friends and even family members to a certain death in the red desert sand. On the 100th anniversary of one of the most violent episodes in the history of the US, the city's inhabitants finally confront the ghosts of the past: They stage an epic reenactment with themselves in all roles on both sides of the conflict. A massive role-play and a social experiment, structured in six chapters as a grandiose meta-Western by the American filmmaker Robert Greene, whose cinematic contributions to contemporary documentary continue to unfold as an examination of the relationship between identity, performance and the state of the real in today's documentary filmmaking. With 'Bisbee' 17' he has made his most ambitious and radical work to date: A historical magnum opus with hundreds of participants, who all have their own demons to confront. The film's international premiere is presented in collaboration with the film festival Visions du Réel.