"First We Bombed New Mexico"
The winner of this year's Austin Film Festival Documentary Feature Jury Award, First We Bombed New Mexico examines the human cost of the first nuclear bomb test, codenamed "Trinity," that was conducted on July 16, 1945, in New Mexico by J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of Manhattan Project scientists. The documentary includes eye-witness accounts and recollections of the test from area residents known as "Downwinders" who were children or young adults in 1945. Director Lois Lipman also scrutinizes the U.S. Government's decades-long refusal to acknowledge and provide treatment and/or relief for the often-fatal health issues faced by many generations of the predominately Nuevo Mexicanos population as a result of the nuclear's test fallout. First We Bombed New Mexico screens during the Austin Film Festival at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Hideout Theatre and 8:25 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Galaxy Theatres Austin. Lois Lipman previously directed the documentary A Place to Belong: Asperger's and a School. Veteran music video editor Joel Marcus previously wrote the documentaries 72 and Bad Reputation.
Posted: Oct. 30, 2023.