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Irene Lusztig: Richland


Built by the US government to house the Hanford nuclear site workers who manufactured weapons-grade plutonium for the Manhattan Project, Richland, Washington is proud of its heritage as a nuclear company town and proud of the atomic bomb it helped create. RICHLAND offers a prismatic, placemaking portrait of a community staking its identity and future on its nuclear origin story, presenting a timely examination of the habits of thought that normalize the extraordinary violence of the past. Moving between archival past and observational present, and across encounters with nuclear workers, community members, archeologists, local tribes, and a Japanese granddaughter of atomic bomb survivors, the film blooms into an expansive and lyrical meditation on home, safety, whiteness, land, and deep time.


The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and Sheffield DocFest over the summer and this fall is continuing to screen in film festivals this fall, including at IDFA Amsterdam, the Cinematheque Française in Paris, New Orleans Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival DocFest. 

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