Spotlight, the movie directed by Thomas McCarthy, chronicles the investigation undertaken by a team of investigative reporters from the Boston Globe. Their investigation uncovered a decades-long cover-up of sexually abusive priests by the Archdiocese of Boston. The passion and tenacity of not only the reporters but the others who had already been laboring against the injustice including attorneys, whistleblowing priests, and the survivors themselves can be viscerally experienced by the audience. The movie is quite simply one of the most important and compelling films of our time.
When the story broke to the public in 2002 the effect forever improved child safety for the future and highlighted the ability for survivors of this trauma to hold responsible the institution which allowed the predator priests to flourish. The importance of these effects cannot be understated. The change happened because the opportunity to protect children existed and the individuals portrayed in the movie exhibited the strength of character and bravery necessary to seize the opportunity to both save future children and acknowledge those who suffered already.