Chuck Norris vs Communism
- Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:30
Chuck Norris vs Communism - the United Kingdom, Romania, Germany, 2015, 78’
Director: ILINCA CALUGAREANU
Born in 1981 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She studied filmmaking at Manchester’s Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. Her short films have been screened in festivals around the world. She is an editor and director known for The Writing on the Wall (2006), VHS vs. Communism (2014) and Olive Green (2014).
In the 1980s, under the Ceauşescu regime, Romanians were secretly watching VHS tapes as American films were banned in the country. During clandestine screenings at neighbors’ homes, the smuggled VHS tapes were dubbed by a translator named Irina Nistor who will become the most famous voice of Romania later. By means of Irina Nistor’s interesting and funny dubbing, Romanians got a glimpse at Western culture with heroes like Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris. Director Ilinca Calugareanu focuses on this interesting phenomenon which turned into a civil disobedience movement of sorts against the repressive regime. The film also explores cinema’s influence on our daily lives.
The film won Golden Starfish at 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival.