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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.
Winner of over 20 awards, and selected as Romania’s Academy Awards entry for Best International Film, Collective follows journalists, whistle-blowers, burn victims, and government officials in its uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best.
Cast: Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag, Catalin Tolontan, Tedy Ursuleanu, Vlad Voiculescu
Director: Alexander Nanau
★★★★★ "The cynicism and indifference to suffering is truly horrible...shocking" - GUARDIAN
★★★★★ "Rightly nominated for Academy Awards for both best documentary and best international film, this is documentary film-making at its undiluted finest" STUFF.CO.NZ
★★★★★ "a brilliant documentary in its own right, but in this time of pandemic, scandal and democratic upheaval it is also the year's most important" - CINEVUE
★★★★½ "an extraordinary film that vividly confirms that a free press is essential to at least attempt to keep politicians honest" - DAVID STRATTON
★★★★½ "A hundred and nine of the most compelling minutes of the cinematic year." - FILM MAFIA
★★★★½ "the best documentary of the year" - ROLLING STONE
★★★★ "Newspaper journalism has rarely appeared so intense and urgent...a must-see" - TIMEOUT
★★★★ "The importance of actual investigation journalism is presented in all its full-blown glory with Collective" - ION CINEMA
★★★★ "Utterly compelling and profoundly depressing"- OBSERVER UK
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