A national tragedy reverberates well beyond Romania in filmmaker Alexander Nanau’s edgy, vivid documentary that unfurls like a zippy political thriller.
COLLECTIVE chronicles a 2015 Bucharest nightclub fire that claimed more than sixty lives with not only safety violations an issue but hospital health care.
Immediate medical services where delayed and prevarications made in startling recollections with professionals speaking of fraud as unrest against widespread corruption resulted in protests throughout the land
Access into a cavernous dereliction by Nanau unveils investigative journalist Catalin Tolontan and co-workers Mirela Neag and Razvan Lutac putting the government on the ropes with a serious of articles for Gazeta Sporturilor.
It wasn’t burns, but bacterial infections that lead to hospital deaths which pointed to drastically diluted disinfectants. This media outlet opened up a cycle of corruption including bribery, coverups, and kickbacks run by “unscrupulous mobsters. A resignation and assumed suicide puts the ministry and implicated private pharmaceutical firm that points to invalidating a responsibility to the populace
Truth is rooted out with grim efficiency as the filmmaker enkindles an outrage as years of warning sign seemingly dissipated. Having a new, committed health minister in Viad Voicolesco to clean up the malfeasance has an honest candor against rebelling, long-standing illicitly inclined officials. Grief and scars are felt through parents and terribly hurt Tedy Ursuleanu
Collective which in part derives from the nights club is an unbelievably mesmeric account especially when it comes to the callous disregard from a socio-economic standpoint. From the squirming to the unflinching the notion of absolute power is emblazoned in egregious, demoralizing fashion.