Journalism's role at exposing corruption has rarely been as dramatically portrayed as in the Oscar nominated documentary Collective, in which filmmaker Alexander Nanau follows an unfolding investigation in real time. Romania's Gazeta Sporturilor newspaper isn't internationally known, but its reporters are as dogged as any Pulitzer winner.
One revelation leads to another as they uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians, and caused the deaths of innocent citizens. The story starts in 2015 with a fire at the Bucharest nightclub Colectiv. The tragedy killed 27 people on site and injured over 100 more. Romania's Health Minister promised the burn victims would get the highest-quality treatment, but, in subsequent months, dozens more perished.
What was going wrong inside the hospitals? Gazeta Sporturilor's investigative team, led by Catalin Tolontan, digs into this with old-fashioned gusto, conducting stakeouts, analyzing data, and working sources like the whistle-blowing Dr. Camelia Roiu. Their revelations shake Romania all the way to the upper echelons of business and government.
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