Collective (2019)

  • Documentary, Investigative
  • 1h 48m

In collaboration with the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Screening for free across Switzerland from February 19-26.

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

“When the press bows down to the authorities, the authorities will mistreat its citizens. This always happens, worldwide, and it has happened to us.” - Cătălin Tolontan, Collective

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2020

Please be advised this film contains material that may be disturbing to some viewers.

Please join us on Thursday 25 February at 18:30 for a panel discussion moderated by Sara Meg Davis, Senior Researcher, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute, Geneva with:

  • Lydia Gall, Senior Researcher, Eastern Europe and Western Balkans, Human Rights Watch
  • Alexander Nanau, Film Director


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Alexander Nanau


Fully subtitled in English