I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians/

Tragic Comedy, Romania 2018/139 min/Director Radu Jude

with Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alexandru Bogdan, Ilinca Manolache, Serban Pavlu et al.

Radu Jude’s resonant feature, “I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS”, chronicles a young theatre director’s efforts to stage an accurate re-enactment of the Odessa Massacre – in which Romanian soldiers slaughtered tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews – despite the municipal government’s attempt to censor the director’s efforts. Her choice angers a city of official who threatens to close the production because of its “anti-Romanian” take on history. The reaction to the staged play, however, is one that neither anticipated.