NADIA COMANECI: The Gymnast and the Dictator


Sponsored by Tom Sant & Susan Hirsch
At the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976, an angel-faced young gymnast stormed into sports legend. In front of more than five million astonished TV viewers, fourteen-year-old Nadia Comaneci became the first athlete in her discipline to obtain the perfect score of 10, achieving one of the greatest feats in Olympic history. On both sides of the Iron Curtain, audiences were overwhelmed. But back in Romania things started to turn ugly. As Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu became increasingly megalomaniac, the pressure on Nadia to succeed became unbearable, and her life and career suffered. Based on her own memoir, this exceptional film tells her fascinating and dramatic story. 56 min. France/Romania.

Saturday, March 18 10:15am Downtown Centre
Sunday, March 19 10:15am Mission Theatre

Director/Writer: Pola Rapaport
Producer: Dominique Tibi