Aleksandr Askoldov (1932- 2018) was born in Moscow. A great talent, Commissar (1967) was his first and last film in the Soviet Union. Refusing to change the origins of the Jewish family depicted in his film, the film was ‘destroyed’ and he left Russia. In the 1980s, with pressure from luminaries including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Commissar was finally released to the acclaim it deserved. Askoldov believed in art’s capacity to change the world, even after the tragic ways truth had affected him.