WHEN GOVERNMENT FAILS, WE ALL PAY THE PRICE…
In 2015, a fire at Bucharest’s Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Then a doctor blows the whistle to a team of investigative journalists. One revelation leads to another as the journalists start to uncover vast health care fraud. When a new health minister is appointed, he offers unprecedented access to his efforts to reform the corrupt system but also to the obstacles he faces. Following journalists, whistleblowers, burn victims, and government officials, Collective is an uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best.
Immediately following the film there will be a pre-recorded discussion between filmmaker Alexander Nanau and ROLLING STONE critic Kameron Austin Collins. This conversation is exclusive to virtual cinema engagements.
Alexander Nanau | Documentary | Romania, Luxembourg | 109 minutes | Romanian with English Subtitles | $12
Rating: Not rated, but be aware that the movie contains some horrific imagery.
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“Some documentaries reassure you that the world is better when they’re over (inequity has been exposed); others insist it could be better. Collective offers no such palliatives. Instead, it sketches out an honest, affecting, somewhat old-fashioned utopian example of what it takes to make the world better, or at least a little less awful. The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice. But as “Collective” lays out with anguished detail and a profound, moving sense of decency, it takes stubborn, angry people — journalists, politicians, artists, activists — to hammer at that arc until it starts bending, maybe, in the right direction.” – Manohla Dargis, NY Times Critic’s Pick
“Collective is that rare documentary that plays like a political thriller. But It’s also a deeply moving testament to both the power and the necessity of investigative journalism—in any country run by a government that strives to distort the truth to serve its own goals.” – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
“Collective: A Tragedy, a Cover-Up, an Expose – and the Best Documentary of the Year.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone Magazine
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