Chuck Norris vs Communism (2015) – available on Neflix Canada

From the producers of “Searching for Sugarman” comes a fascinating 2015 documentary, that – as Romanian immigrant – I warmly recommend to all my Canadian friends: “Chuck Norris vs Communism”.

Irina Nistor
Irina Nistor – THE voice instantly recognized by all Romanians that watched “video” in the 1980s – was overdubbing the bootlegged Hollywood productions. She stars in Chuck Norris vs Communism.

The “dark 80’s” was my coming-of-age decade back in Romania, and I recognize myself in any of the characters in the documentary: glued all night long to a TV screen hooked up to a VCR player, watching Hollywood productions smuggled through the back door in Romania, in an overcrowded living room.

It is the story of a nation, Romania, where food was scarce but the hunger for Western culture was even worse. Overfed with 360-degree, 24/7 Communist propaganda, Romanians took to the black market, devouring with equal interest serious productions along with Chuck Norris or Bruce Lee thrillers in precursor binge-watching sessions.

And – the way Phil Sayer was the instantly recognizable voice of England’s train stations – Irina Nistor’s overdubs were a spectacle in itself, which elevated her to a cult status among Romanians.

The documentary (80 minutes; 2015) is now available on Netflix Canada.





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