VAXXED: FROM COVER-UP TO CATASTROPHE (2016)
Running Time: 91 mins. Rating: 4 Stars/5 Stars
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Andrew Wakefield
Distributor: Cinema Libre
VAXXED: FROM COVER-UP TO CATASTROPHE is not an anti-vaccine film, but surprisingly, not a single mainstream newspaper, television or radio show will say that. The film actually supports true science that uses control groups and what studies have shown – that single dose vaccines are safer than combined vaccines. This has been the consistent view of its director Dr. Wakefield, and his expressed goal in the film to make vaccines better by doing more studies.
The documentary’s notoriety began with it being pulled from its slated premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Festival Founder Robert De Niro, whose own son is autistic, having planned an onstage introduction at the film’s opening, had gone so far as to meet with a member of Congress to verify the accuracy and truthfulness of the film. Then something happened behind the scenes to scare Mr. De Niro into withdrawing just a few days prior to the scheduled premiere. The Angelika jumped on the opportunity to screen this profoundly daunting documentary to swarms of attendees at the screenings and talk-backs with its creators.
VAXXED details the deception around the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), concealing and destroying data from their 2004 study. The film’s basis is the recorded phone calls from CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson, who participated in the study, to Dr. Brian Hooker. What he reveals he and his 5 CDC colleagues did is not only unprofessional but unbelievable.
To make this film, Dr. Hooker enlisted the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. It turns out Dr. Wakefield’s findings actually prompted this CDC study to begin with.
The deception is revealed though interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children as we realize our ignorance and blind trust in a system that cares more for profit than people. But it is not just the people, but doctors themselves that have been hoodwinked by an industry in which they too have blindly put their trust.
As the film goes on we learn the destruction of data was not just of minor data, but of figures that showed a 700-800% increase in autism from MMR. Without giving away the rest of the twists and turns of the fraud and schemes carried out by the CDC doctors and our own laws to deny culpability, I will say this film plays with the similar exhilaration of a crime drama with its peaks and lows as we experience along with the parents their shock, anguish and anger as the scam is perpetuated and covered up by each media, political or medical establishment. At times you cannot help but laugh at their ridiculous and uninformed comments. At least they now have the opportunity to have their eyes opened too.
The CDC lied, and with Congressional hearings yet to transpire, could easily do so over and over again.
Producer, Del Bigtree, has been an Emmy Award-winning producer on the daytime talk show The Doctors for six years and has a background both as a filmmaker and an investigative medical journalist. What a wake-up call this group has created, and not only for Americans; apparently the film is now in high demand worldwide.
It would seem the media sycophants have neither the investigative skills nor the guts to stand up to a corrupt system in drastic need of overhaul. Parents owe a thank you to the bravery and talents of Del Bigtree, Director Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Br. Brian Hooker and the rest of the VAXXED team for taking on Big Pharma. It is a gargantuan task. This film is a crucial call to action to get Congress to accelerate hearings to address this CDC cover-up and corruption.
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