Published Online: April 12, 2016
Published in Print: April 13, 2016, as Tribeca Film Festival Pulls Anti-Vaccine Film

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Tribeca Film Festival Pulls Anti-Vaccine Film

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The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City has pulled from its schedule this month a controversial documentary asserting a causal link between childhood vaccines and autism.

The actor Robert De Niro, a festival co-founder, had said in a statement March 25 that because he and his wife had a child with autism, "we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined."

But there was a backlash to a festival platform that would include the film "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe." The film is directed by a British gastroenterologist whose study linking vaccines to autism was retracted by the medical journal The Lancet in 2010.

A day later, De Niro and Tribeca Film announced they were canceling the screening because "we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion."

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