US-Mexico border town confronts its immigrant deportation 100 years later in “Bisbee ’17”


Watch an old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckon with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago in this exclusive Salon clip from the film, “Bisbee '17,” a documentary directed by Robert Green. In the film, locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.

Bisbee, Arizona, was one of the largest copper mining centers in America until it became a virtual ghost town in 1975 when its two massive mines were closed. Forty years later, Bisbee is a community of eccentrics, immigrants, hippies, bikers and drifters, attempting to reckon with a dark and violent history of a forgotten event known as the Bisbee Deportation.

The film, which has its national broadcast debut on the PBS documentary series “POV” and pov.org on Monday, July 15 at 10 p.m., (check local listings), documents locals as they play characters and stage dramatic scenes from the controversial story, culminating in a large-scale recreation of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary.

“POV” is American television’s longest-running independent documentary series now in its 32nd season. The award-winning “POV” (a cinema term for "point of view") series is the longest-running showcase on television to feature the work of America's best contemporary-issue independent filmmakers.

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