Irene Lusztig: (Director/Producer/Editor)
A feminist filmmaker, archival researcher, educator, and amateur seamstress. She works in a space of delicate mediation between people, their pasts, and the present-tense spaces and landscapes where unresolved histories bloom and erupt. Often beginning with rigorous research in archives, her work brings historical materials into conversation with the present, inviting viewers to contemplate questions of politics, ideology, and the complex ways that personal, collective, and national memory are entangled.
Sara Archambault (Producer)
Creative Producer dedicated to artful and impactful nonfiction filmmaking. Sara champions risk-taking films with bold vision that center a practice of equity, care, collaboration, and justice in their creation. Recent films include RIOTSVILLE, USA (Sundance, Magnolia Pictures); TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (Rotterdam, Sentient Art Films), A DECENT HOME (Denver, America Reframed) and the upcoming RICHLAND.
Abstract: 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.
Please watch the trailer.