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Tribeca Film Festival Pulls Anti-Vaccine Film
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 The film is directed by a British gastroenterologist whose study linking vaccines to autism was retracted by the medical journal The Lancet in 2010.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."
Vol. 35, Issue 27, Page 5Published in Print: April 13, 2016, as Tribeca Film Festival Pulls Anti-Vaccine Film