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Collective + introduction

Journalism’s role at exposing corruption has rarely been as dramatically portrayed as in Collective, about the investigation of a vast healthcare fraud in Romania.

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Please note that this film is in Romanian and English, with Dutch subtitles.
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On October 30, 2015, a serious fire broke out at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest. It was one of the worst disasters in recent Romanian history, with an initial 27 people killed and 180 injured. Within a few days, fierce protests erupted, leading to the resignation of the Social Democratic government.

Director Alexander Nanau follows a number of key figures in the aftermath of the disaster, from the point where we learn that 37 of the injured died of bacterial infections in local hospitals. We hear from newspaper journalists who discover that the hospitals use diluted disinfectants, the minister of health in the temporary technocratic government, and the victims of a corrupt health care system in a dysfunctional state. Nanau avoids sensation and remains detached from the powerful emotions that surround the story, exposing the grim face of the corruption that plagues his country all the more.

The documentary will be introduced by Cristian Surubaru, a Romanian postdoc researcher at Studio Europa Maastricht. The introduction will be in English.

Alexander Nanau, Romania, Luxembourg, 2019, 109 min. Romanian & English spoken, Dutch subtitles.