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The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu


A deftly composed montage, edited from thousands of hours of archival footage—both state-sanctioned and private—documenting the rise and fall of the socialist Romanian leader, and the traumatized nation he left after his execution in 1989. This work is an astonishing study of the intoxicating and corrupting effects of power and the ways that world leaders attempt to stage-manage history. The screening will be introduced by Romanian-American political scientist and sociologist Vladimir Tismăneanu, who is also the director of the University of Maryland’s Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies.

Free with Museum admission.