'Chuck Norris vs. Communism': How American movies helped overthrow Romanian regime

January 26, 2015 2:35 PM

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'Chuck Norris vs. Communism': How American movies helped overthrow Romanian regime

PARK CITY, Utah – For most, Hollywood movies exist simply to entertain. But for those living under the oppressive Nicolae Ceausescu dictatorship in 1980's Romania, smuggled American VHS tapes gave people there an important glimpse of the outside world and the hope that there was something better out there for them.

"We wanted to shine a light into a more serious decade in Romanian history," director Ilinca Calugareanu told FOX411 at the Sundance Film Festival's premiere of her documentary "Chuck Norris vs. Communism" on Friday. "Movies gave people a picture of the world they wanted to have but never could have...

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