Film Screening and Q&A: RICHLAND

When and Where

Thursday, March 28, 2024 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Northrop Frye Hall
73 Queen's Park Crescent East #Building 515 Toronto, ON M5S 2C3


Irene Lusztig


Join us for a film screening of the documentary film RICHLAND. This will be followed by a Q&A with the Director, Irene Lusztig.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (IHPST), Victoria College, the Centre for the Study of the United States (CSUS), the Department of Anthropology, the Cinema Studies Institute, and the Department of History.



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.



IRENE LUSZTIG (DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / EDITOR) is 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. Born in England and raised in Boston, Irene is a first-generation American whose parents fled Ceaucescu’s Romania as political asylum-seekers. Her work, including three previous feature length films, has been screened around the world, including at the Berlinale, MoMA, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Flaherty NYC, IDFA Amsterdam, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, BFI London Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, DocLisboa, and RIDM Montréal. She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (2021), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Fulbright, two MacDowell fellowships, the Flaherty Film Seminar, and the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. She teaches filmmaking at UC Santa Cruz where she is Professor of Film and Digital Media.

Thu, Mar 28, 2024 1:30 PM, Northrop Frye Hall (ROOM NF003), 73 Queen's Park Crescent East #Building 515 Toronto, ON M5S 2C3

Event graphic showing an atomic mushroom cloud and event information
Poster Designed by Hayley Birss - Special Projects & Events Coordinator - Office of the Principal, Victoria College

Contact Information


IHPST, Victoria College, Centre for the Study of the United States, Department of Anthropology, Cinema Studies Institute, Department of History