Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.
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, whistle-blowers, burn victims, and government officials, Collective is an uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best.Written by
When the press bows down to the authorities, the authorities will mistreat the citizens. This has always happened, worldwide, and it has happened to us.
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This movie is not about Colectiv victims. It's about how journalists and politicians in Romania reacted after that sad event. It's basically structured in 2 big parts: the first one is about the work done by the journalists from GSP newspaper, Catalin Tolontan and his colleagues, and shows insights regarding investigation journalism., a field which was rather strange to me. The second part is about exminister Vlad Voiculescu and his efforts to diminuish corruption inside the health system.
This movie is also about the heroes that fight the system -the people that choose to speak publicly or anonimously about what is really going on in romanian hospitals. This movie hits you really hard, it shows you how corrupt a health system can be and what are the implications on a national level. And i strongly recommend seeing it in a cinema,just for the experience. Overall, not a 10/10 documentary, but a very good one.
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