Sinner in Mecca Nice People Atomic Heart
Rainbow Still Experimenter Krigen
Frame by Frame This is Exile The Land of the Enlightened

Chuck Norris vs Communism

Ilinca Calugareanu

Tweet plaatsen Update plaatsen Update plaatsen


Humorous and remarkable documentary about the power of film and the courage of a few subversive Romanian citizens who made an extraordinary contribution to the fall of Ceausescu’s regime. To many Romanians, the voice of Irina Nestor provided an escape from everyday reality. She translated thousands of Hollywood films, which found their way into the living rooms of oppressed citizens by way of the black market and provided them with a window onto a free world. 

Under the Communist, military reign of dictator Ceausescu, Romania had been culturally isolated for decades, imposing extreme censorship. All images from outside the Iron Curtain were banned and the scarce TV programmes only offered Communist propaganda. The climate of fear was fed by the national secret police who punished all suspect behaviour.

Yet an unprecedentedly large subversive movement emerged in the 1980s, in which the population turned against the government and its anti-Western ideology. Just by watching movies. A small group of people made it possible for thousands of Hollywood blockbusters to be distributed through the black market. Irina Nistor was one of these people. She did not feel comfortable translating government propaganda and decided to work clandestinely as a translator of Western movies.

For many Romanians, her voice became the symbol of freedom and independence. For the first time the public was introduced to the heroics of Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone. But they could also nourish themselves on images of overflowing supermarkets, restaurants, fast cars and the latest in Western fashion. This not only gave the people a glimpse of an alternative life, but also planted the seeds of the revolution which led to the fall of the regime.



Germany, Romania, United Kingdom 2015, 81 min.


Spoken language: Romanian

Subtitles: English

Official website:


Vernon Films

+44 7585938274

Tweet plaatsen Update plaatsen Update plaatsen

When & where?

Buy strippenkaart tickets
Questions about ordering? Call 070 - 365 60 30
* Upon payment of your ticket 6 movies for 45 Euros, 6 e-tickets of 0 euros will appear in your account. With this card you can subquently order tickets to 6 movies of your choice.

Talkshows & debates

Chuck Norris vs Communism: Q&A with main actress Irina Nistor

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 16:30

Film journalist Dana Linssen will enter a conversation with protagonist Irina Nistor.  

Chuck Norris vs Communis: Q&A with main actress Irina Nistor

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 21:30

Film journalist Dana Linssen will enter a conversation with protagonist Irina Nistor.  

Daily Matters Talk Show LOOK WHO'S WATCHING

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 21:00

Talk show about privacy versus security. Moderator is Bahram Sadeghi.

Chuck Norris vs Communism: Q&A with main actress Irina Nistor

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 19:15

Annika Wubbolt from MtM will enter a conversation with protagonist Irina Nistor. 

Human rights
arts & literature
journalism, media & propaganda
Search Movies

Site search

Newsletter Festivalpaper
Twitter Facebook Youtube