November 20, 2020–April 11, 2021
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).