Unorthodocs: Chuck Norris vs Communism
The Screening Room
£12.00 / £10.00 concessions
The films of Chuck Norris, Jean Claud Van Damme and Bruce Lee offer communist Romania a window to the forbidden western world in Ilinca Calugareanu’s intriguing look at the 1980’s VHS black market.
At a time when television was limited to a few hours of propaganda bulletins a day and the power of the state was a constant reminder the macho action of Hollywood blockbusters provided an antidote.
After a chance encounter with Irina Nistor, the voice behind hundreds of black market dubbings Calugareanu’s own memories of growing up behind the Iron Curtain came flooding back. Compelled to tell the story she tracked down the team behind the distribution of the films that became more significant in contraband than in the cinemas of their motherland.
Chuck Norris vs Communism (2015) explores the racketeering of pirate video and impromptu cinemas amid the background of 80’s Romania the film interviews those that risked their lives to make the films and those that grew up with them. The film tells a personal tale of international significance of communism, oppression and videotape.
The film will be followed by a Q&A session with:
Ilinca Calugareanu, a London-based Romanian director and editor. She studied filmmaking at Manchester’s Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. She recently completed her debut feature film Chuck Norris vs Communism which premiered at Sundance 2015. Ilinca is interested in compelling and surprising stories and in pushing the boundaries of dynamic storytelling.
Mara Adina, an independent film producer and the managing director of Vernon Films. In 2014 she released Counterpart, the first English-language film directed by two-time BAFTA-winning director and Golden Bear nominee Adrian Sitaru. Adina recently completed Ilinca Calugareanu's debut feature film Chuck Norris vs Communism which premiered in competition at Sundance 2015. Chuck Norris vs Communism is an HBO Europe, ARTE and Openvizor co production, presented by RatPac Documentary films and Impact Partners, produced in association with Passion Pictures.
Presented by Dartmouth Films in partnership with Somerset House, Unorthodocs is a series of screenings of award winning documentaries that have been shown at international festivals, but fall outside the remit of British television. Now in its third series Unorthodocs presents a range of documentaries each alongside an exclusive Q&A with some of those involved in the film.
Film run time: 78 minutes / Certificate: Not listed