Chuck Norris vs Communism

Salt Galata

July 28, 2016 20.00

Chucknorrisvscommunism 2015 <i>Chuck Norris vs Communism</i> (2015) filminden bir kare ©Vernon Films
Still from Chuck Norris vs Communism (2015) ©Vernon Films
Chuck Norris vs Communism (2015)
Director: Ilinca Călugăreanu
80 minutes
Romanian; English subtitles

One distinct voice of Communist Romania in the 1980s, the story of female translator Irina Margareta Nistor, is recounted in Chuck Norris vs Communism as captivating an entire nation and instatement as a symbol of peace. Culturally isolated and ideologically censored, with images from life beyond the Iron Curtain restricted and television reduced to only a couple of hours of propaganda reports each day, from the colorless concrete housing blocks to the food ration queues, an overwhelming fear of state surveillance had prevented the people from stepping out of line.

For those daring to glimpse the free world, thousands of Hollywood films were smuggled into the country in the mid-1980s through a tactful operation that expanded reaching millions of people across the country; charging a unique and controversial revolution. A collection of evocative memories and extensive selection of fragments from popular Hollywood films of the 1980s, the documentary is a story of the possibility and power of film in changing the lives and hopes of individuals, societies, and countries.

Organized as part of Long Thursday, this screening is realized in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute Istanbul.