Trinity, New Mexico. The site where the American military tested the atomic bomb before dropping two on Japan. Today the site is an army base and tourist attraction. Despite some green glass where the blast fused sand and rocks and the occasional Geiger counter pings, the place looks about the same as the rest of the New Mexican desert. There is a black tower, a small obelisk that people stand next to and take photographs of. Outside of the site, locals overexposed to radiation poisoning and dying from cancer wait with signs for passersby to ask them questions.
Hope Tucker observes, her camera at knee height, narrating only through subtitles. Her narration is personal and journalistic, allowing the images, unadorned, locked-down, and simple to speak for themselves. Parties walk dogs. Men push strollers. Mothers look after their children. All on a site that still radiates in one hour what you would get from a year in front of the TV. Playing the Mimesis Documentary Festival on Aug. 6 as part of the Forked Tongue doc block.