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MMU One Evening: I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians

MMU One Evening: I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians
The film gets its name from a quote from Mihai Antonescu, Deputy Prime Minister of Romanian and convicted war criminal for his role in the Romanian Holocaust. The plot follows a young filmmaker who attempts to draw attention to the dark and ignored parts of her country's history; specifically, its involvement in the genocide of Jews, Roma, and Ukrainians. When people learn of her plan, she receives unexpected pushback - why can't she show the positive side of Romanian history? Why won’t she focus on the evils that have been wrought upon her country from without instead of the evils that exist within?

With book bannings and limits on curriculum in the daily news, I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS (Romania, Czech Republic, Germany, Bulgaria, France, 2018, 140 min), articulates uncomfortable parallels to contemporary debates in our own country. In this class, we’ll look through the lens of Romanian film and history and consider the question, how should we address our history?

This course will be taught by MMU Instructor Satchel Stinson, a Portland Public Schools Social Studies teacher and former Movie Madness staffer.

Class size will be limited to 18.

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