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