Skip to main content

Richland

Richland

Richland

Dir. Irene Lusztig
93 min

A US nuclear company town stakes its identity on its little-known atomic origin story in this timely examination of the habits of thought that normalize the extraordinary violence of the past.

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.

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 93 min
Country/Region: USA
Language: English
Print Source: Komsomol Films
Tags: Arts, Documentary, Environmental, History, Indigenous Voices

Cast/Crew

Director: Irene Lusztig
Executive Producer: Dawn Bonder, Daniel J. Chalfen, Marci Wiseman
Producer: Irene Lusztig, Sara Archambault
Cinematographer: Helki Frantzen
Screenwriter: Irene Lusztig
Editor: Irene Lusztig

Showtimes

The Main 4

Monday, April 22nd

The Main 4

Wednesday, April 24th