Documentaries / European premiere

Chuck Norris vs Communism

  • Ilinca Calugareanu /
  • UK, Germany, Romania /
  • 2015 /
  • 82 mins

Irina Margareta Nistor, Ana Maria Moldovan, Dan Chlorean, Valentin Oncu / Documentary / Romanian

Cinema can change our lives.

In 1980s Communist Romania, subversion of the government’s ideological censorship was quietly underway via the black-market import of thousands of Hollywood films. An underground VHS smuggling operation was secretly giving ordinary people a glimpse into life beyond the Iron Curtain; a world of fearless action stars Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Responsible for this videotheque resistance was a wealthy opportunistic hustler and an intrepid female translator, determined to bring the power of cinema to the people.

Doc of the Day

The 24 June showing is our Doc of the Day and as such there will be a post film screening Q&A with director Ilinca Calugareanu and producer Mara Adina.

There will be a VHS themed party at Festival HQ sponsored by Coors Light - with DJ, a selection of Coors, cocktails and a costume competition.

2015 Archive

Book Tickets

  • 24 June, 21:00 at Odeon 2

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  • 25 June, 18:15 at Odeon 4

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