This week we have watched the movie Spotlight (2015) directed by Tom McCarthy. The movie is the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
In this movie the different institutions played different roles in the sexual abuse cover-up scandal of the Roman church and its aftermath. The institutions which had the most important roles in my opinion was The Roman Church, The Civil Justice System and the press. The Church had covered these abuses up for years and relocated several priests. The victims were hushed down or given a small settlement through the Civil Justice System if needed. Sometimes these stories would surface, and the press would get a hold of them. However, some people had the power to “bury” the cases so they wouldn’t get any attention.
This systematic cover-up is the conflict in the movie. It is resolved when spotlight, a group journalist who does investigative journalism, starts digging in to the case. The way these journalists worked made me realise that you should always keep going if you believe in something. This movie reminded me of the Christian saying about David against Goliath. Were the church ironically is Goliath and spotlight is David.
Overall, I really liked the movie for the way they presented a complicated issue in a simple way. I especially liked how they emphasised that the most important thing the press can do is to dig deeper and be the voice of the people.