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Opening Gala - UK Premiere: Collective (18*)

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020

A woman suffering from a bacterial infection

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 27 people killed and 180 injured. Fierce protests erupt when 37 of the injured subsequently die from bacterial infections.

Director Alexander Nanau follows a team of investigative journalists at the newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they uncover a vast health care fraud that siphoned off urgent hospital funding and diluted disinfectants while enriching the country’s most powerful moguls, hospital managers, doctors, and politicians.

As the tides begin to turn with increased public awareness, Collective brings home the essential role of a free press in calling out corruption.

Following the film we are joined by the author of The Windrush Betrayal Amelia Gentleman for a ScreenTalk.

Romania/Luxembourg 2019 Dir Alexander Nanau 109 min

Warning: some scenes in the film may cause distress

Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival, 2019

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2020

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