Cătălin Tolontan, a Romanian investigative journalist, is featured in the film Collective. In 2021 Fortune designated Cătălin Tolontan as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.
David Barstow, a former senior writer at the New York Times and the first reporter ever to win four Pulitzer Prizes, is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
The best film about journalism since All the President’s Men.Times of London
A shattering exposé of systemic corruption, Collective depicts the woeful treatment of the victims of a Bucharest nightclub fire and the brave and resourceful journalists who uncovered the story. That twenty-seven people perished in a club with no fire exits is tragic enough, but when thirty-seven died later under hospital care, it caught the attention of Cătălin Tolontan, a writer for a sports daily. With a team of colleagues, he uncovered a medical and political establishment whose very framework is mind-bogglingly ill-equipped. “Every now and then a documentary doesn’t just open your eyes but tears you apart by exposing a moral rift with resonance far beyond the film’s home country. Collective, Alexander Nanau’s explosive observational documentary about unfathomable corruption at the heart of the Romanian medical industry, is such a work” (Jay Weissberg, Variety).