[Marxism] Two films at Sundance - Eastern Europe and USSR

Ken Hiebert knhiebert at shaw.ca
Fri Jan 30 08:02:37 MST 2015

Sundance: Russian Woodpecker, Chuck Norris vs. Communism debut


“Almost everyone in Ukraine believes Chernobyl was not an accident. Almost everyone believed it was the Americans who blew up Chernobyl. In fact, Fedor thought that might be true,” says Gracia.

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The first documentary feature from Romanian director Ilinca Calugareanu, Chuck Norris vs. Communism takes a look at the effect pirated western movies had on a captive audience behind the Iron Curtain.

Hundreds of films, from Rocky to Last Tango in Paris, circulated through the country via a black market network, opening a window on an entirely different reality.

“These movies gave people hope,” says Calugareanu, sitting in a Park City condo. “When you see Chuck Norris resist authority without fear, it makes you think you can do the same,” she says.

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