Vernon Films, in association with Passion Pictures, is pleased to present Ilinca Calugareanu’s documentary feature debut CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM, soon to receive its World Premiere in the World Cinema Documentary Competition section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
John Battsek and Brett Ratner are among the producers of this wonderfully entertaining documentary that pulls back the curtain on how the arrival of VHS in 1980s Romania didn’t just signal a media revolution—it helped overthrow a regime. Hidden from the scrutinizing eyes of the secret police, Irina Nistor dubbed thousands of foreign blockbusters that were smuggled into the country illegally. For the millions who attended secret screenings all over the country, these movies provided a glimpse into the forbidden West, resplendent with blue jeans, Coca-Cola and fast cars. It was a view of freedom that helped sow the seeds of revolution and Irina’s voice became a unifying one of defiance for her Romanian fans. Through interviews, footage and evocative reenactments, the film tells the tale of Nistor, her mysterious employer and the movies whose hilariously bloated American propagandizing created unlikely heroes to those on the other side of the Iron Curtain.