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Chuck Norris vs Communism #HotDocs15 | APR 25-30

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2015 is screening “Chuck Norris vs Communism (UK/Germany/Romania 2014)”, a documentary by Romanian director Ilinca Calugareanu, part of the Screen on Screen program.

Chuck Norris vs Communism (UK/Germany/Romania 2014)
Director: Ilinca Calugareanu
Language: Romanian


In the 1980s, ordinary citizens in communist Romania risked arrest and imprisonment to screen Hollywood blockbusters. Chuck Norris vs Communism uses hilarious film clips and beautifully staged re-enactments to bring to life the stories of these Stallone-loving, dictatorship-toppling movie fans. You’ll meet the young translator who secretly dubbed thousands of foreign films and became an unlikely voice of freedom around the country. You’ll encounter the enigmatic Mr. Zamfir, who ran a tape smuggling network that reached into the highest ranks of the Ceau?escu regime. Best of all, you’ll hear the rollicking tales of the countless Romanians whose hopes were lifted by musclebound heroes flying across their televisions. In the skillful hands of director Ilinca Calugareanu, Rocky and Rambo become the unlikely tribunes of an Eastern European revolution. A humble VCR becomes a potent symbol of cinema’s power to change how we see the world. By Will Di Novi.




  • Sat, Apr 25, 9:30 PM @ Hart House Theatre (7 Hart House Circle, Toronto)
  • Mon, Apr 27, 4:00 PM @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 (350 King Street West, Toronto)
  • Thu, Apr 30, 4:00 PM @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 (350 King Street West, Toronto)
  • Buy tickets or enter to win below

We are giving away free passes for the April 27 and 30 screening! Enter the contest by April 22:

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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival – April 23-May 3, 2015

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, and takes place in Toronto, Canada. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 200 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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