"Chuck Norris vs. Communism" premieres at Sundance


The Chuck Norris vs. Communism documentary, directed by Ilinca Calugareanu, was selected in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance Film Festival (January 22 – February 1 2015). The film will hit the screen in the World Cinema Documentary Competition and will compete with other 11 titles.

The UK-Romanian-German co-production explores the 1980s in communist Romania, when thousands of Western films smashed through the Iron Curtain, opening a window to the free world for those who dared to look. A black market VHS racketeer and courageous female translator brought the magic of film to the masses and sowed the seeds of a revolution.

At a time when the Romanian national television station had a daily programme of two hours filled with propaganda, Irina Margareta Nistor dubbed approximately 3,000 films with her instantly recognisable voice, introducing Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Jean Claude van Damme to the Romanian audiences.

The documentary includes interviews with local celebrities, journalists and film directors who describe the influence that these pirated films had on their lives.

Chuck Norris vs. Communism is produced by Vernon Films (UK) and co-produced by 4Proof Film (Romania).