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Directed by Irene Lusztig

USA | Documentary | 93

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Mon, Nov 6 at 12:01 am – Tue, Nov 7 at 11:59 pm PT

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Kaleidoscopic in form and wry in its content, Richland is about two small towns in southeastern Washington state that share an interesting history—they manufactured weapons-grade plutonium for over 40 years. Now decommissioned, the Hanford site is the largest environmental cleanup in the country, and the residents of the two cities nearby are dealing with (ahem) the fallout. From schoolkids mulling over whether or not their mascot should remain a mushroom cloud to a woman investigating a spate of neonatal deaths from the period of nuclear materials production, this wide-ranging doc is as much about community as it is about soil toxicity. Even as an older couple states that they don’t fish in local waters, they attest to the fact that it’s a wonderful place to live. And it’s also a testament to Lusztig’s talents that she has made such an entertaining and nuanced film about our country’s nuclear past.

Director Irene Lusztig

A feminist filmmaker, archival researcher, educator, and amateur seamstress, Irene Lusztig works in a space of mediation between people, their pasts, and the present-tense spaces and landscapes where unresolved histories bloom and erupt. Her work has been screened around the world and includes Yours in Sisterhood (2018), The Motherhood Archives (2013), and The Samantha Smith Project (2005). She is currently Professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz.


Film Details

Language English

Year 2023

Runtime 93

Country USA

Director Irene Lusztig

Executive Producer Dawn Bonder, Daniel J. Chalfen, Marci Wiseman

Producer Sara Archambault, Irene Lusztig

Editor Irene Lusztig

Cinematographer Helki Frantzen

Music Maile Costa Colbert

Closed Captions Closed captions are available for this film.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this film.