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.
Experience the beauty and complexity of everyday life in a whole new way with View Askew’s collection of thought-provoking, unexpected, and lyrical films. From overlooked moments in cinema to the hidden desires of a hotel room, pensive glances on a long ferry ride, and the secret language of vegetation, this program offers a fresh perspective on the world around us, revealing the extraordinary in the ordinary.