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Marty Baron, from left, Walter Robinson, Sacha Pfeiffer, Mike Rezendes and Ben Bradlee, Jr. attend the premiere of "Spotlight" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Marty Baron, from left, Walter Robinson, Sacha Pfeiffer, Mike Rezendes and Ben Bradlee, Jr. attend the premiere of "Spotlight" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
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In 2002, an investigation by The Boston Globe's Spotlight team revealed widespread sexual abuse that had long remained concealed within the Catholic Church. That investigation set off a chain of events across the country — and the world — with more and more people coming out as survivors of clergy abuse. Now, the new movie "Spotlight" tells the story of the reporters who broke that story.

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Walter "Robbie" Robinson, former editor for the Spotlight team, now editor-at-large at The Boston Globe. He tweets @WalterVRobinson.

Michael Rezendes, Spotlight reporter for The Boston Globe. He tweets @MikeRezendes.

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  • "The film is a saga of expansion, paced with immense care, demonstrating how the reports of child abuse by Catholic clergy slowly broadened and unfurled; by the time the paper’s exposés were first published, in 2002, Spotlight had uncovered about seventy cases in Boston alone. (In a devastating coda, McCarthy fills the screen with a list of other American cities, and of towns around the world, where similar misdeeds have been revealed.)"

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  • “We wanted to show the power of well-funded, boots-on-the-ground local journalism,” said Tom McCarthy, the film’s director and co-writer. 'Journalism in movies tends to either get slammed or glamorized,' he continued. 'We were trying to show process, that this is hard work, that this is draining work and that this is crucial work. It takes institutions to watch institutions.'"

This segment aired on November 2, 2015.

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