The Man Who Went Looking for Freedom
Twenty five years after they left, a family return to Romania to sift through the thousands of Securitate files documenting their every move.
Romania under the Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu was a country of food shortages, electricity rationing and Orwellian surveillance of ordinary people by the secret police. In 1983, Ion Bugan, a TV repairman, made a personal demonstration against the system. He was jailed immediately. From then, until the day they left for America six years later, his family were followed by the secret police wherever they went. Their home was bugged, every conversation recorded. Now, almost 25 years after they left, the Bugans return to Romania to sift through the thousands of Securitate files documenting their every move.