CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM

By Ilinca CALUGAREANU

NOISE FILM PR - as PROMO

Documentary - Completed 2015

In 1980s Romania, thousands of Western films smashed through the Iron Curtain opening a window into the free world for those who dared to look. A black-market VHS racketeer and a courageous female translator brought the magic of film to the people and sparked a revolution.

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Sundance 2015
Official Selection
HOTDOCS 2015
Official Selection
Edinburgh 2015
Official Selection
AFM - Los Angeles 2015
Official Selection
Seattle 2015
Official Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM, ROMANIA, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • ROMANIAN, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ilinca CALUGAREANU
    • Producer(s)
    • Mara ADINA (Vernon Films), Brett RATNER (RATPAC DOCUMENTARY FILMS), Stefan KLOOS (Kloos & Co.Medien)
    • Synopsis
    • Chuck Norris vs Communism takes place in the 1980s, when the Communist regime in Romania was more brutal and extreme than any of the Soviet Nations. Hidden from the scrutinising eyes of the Secret Police, Irina Nistor dubbed over 5,000 foreign blockbusters that entered Romania illegally, smuggled in by the mysterious entrepreneur Toader Zamfir. A sprawling horde of American films was unleashed into Romanian homes featuring everything from Megaforce and Bloodsport to Taxi Driver, from Ninja Death Squad and Fist of Fury to Brazil, from low-budget slasher films to Hollywood blockbusters. Irina's voice became a symbol of freedom, Chuck Norris, Van Damme and Bruce Lee became national heroes and the whole country found a way to subvert a brutal regime.
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