Robert De Niro pulls controversial anti-vaxxer film

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Robert De Niro pulls controversial anti-vaxxer film

Post by Ria on Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:30 am

Robert De Niro pulls controversial anti-vaxxer film from Tribeca Film Festival
De Niro has an autistic child, stating it has given him a personal interest in the film. © Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
Robert De Niro has withdrawn the film “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” from his Tribeca Film Festival after previously defending its right to be screened.
The Oscar-winning star had an 'awakening' after consulting with scientists, although initially he hoped the film would contribute to a larger discussion on autism, a misunderstood disorder that affects one of his six children.

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The controversial documentary by Andrew Wakefield, a British former doctor, claims there is a link between vaccines and autism in children, particularly African-American boys.

His study was originally published in a British medical journal in 1998 before being retracted in 2010 after it was found to contain numerous flaws and was described by the journal as “an elaborate fraud.”

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