Price: $350.00

    Code: 2676

    Directed by Irene Lusztig
    2023, 93 minutes

    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.

    Subjects & Collections

    Festivals & Awards

    Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival


    Highly Recommended. "[A] thought-provoking examination of how communities grapple with their past." 
    - Video Librarian

    " With curiosity and care, Richland peers into the heart of a small town, acknowledges the joys, and brings the pain and loss and broken promises into the light."
    - The Hollywood Reporter

    "A thought-provoking and important documentary that is unafraid to lay bare how people embrace destruction if there is a place for them inside it."
    - The Wrap

    Further Reading

    INTERVIEW: Irene Lusztig on Clearing Away the Fog of History in “Richland” (The Moveable Feast

    INTERVIEW: Nuclear Feelings: Irene Lusztig on RICHLAND (Museum of the Moving Image)