PRESS RELEASE, 6 June 2016
Vaccine safety documentary pulled from East End Film festival amid outside pressure
“Man Made Epidemic” by German filmmaker Natalie Beer has been pulled from London’s East End Festival. The film had originally been chosen to premiere at the festival on the 25th of June. The festival director decided to withdraw the film last Friday after a hefty discussion on their Twitter account had arisen. This is the second film dealing with vaccine safety being pulled from a film festival within a few months. Earlier this year Robert de Niro bowed to outside pressure and pulled the documentary Vaxxed from the Tribeca Film Festival.
On Twitter the East End Film festival states: “We believed Man Made Epidemic was well-balanced. However, further exploration of the film’s presentation has led us to withdraw it.”
Filmmaker Natalie Beer is taken by surprise: “I am disappointed. Why would they suddenly change their mind? Nothing changed since they first saw the film weeks ago. I get the feeling that one can’t even talk about vaccine safety any more, which I find truly disturbing.” Natalie Beer mother of a two-year-old is not anti vaccine. “What I wanted with this film is to get parents to ask the right questions and then make their own decisions.” The film describes her own journey as a mother of a young child who embarks on the prescribed vaccination schedule but then starts asking questions about the safety of some of the vaccines particularly the MMR vaccine and it’s potential link to autism.
Man Made Epidemic talks to all sides: From pharma, to doctors, to scientists, to mothers. The German vaccination commission as well as Andrew Wakefield get their say. It was Wakefield’s film Vaxxed which Robert de Niro had to pull from the Tribeca Film Festival. The actor said at the time: “I, as a parent of a child who has autism, I’m concerned. And I want to know the truth. I’m not anti-vaccine. I want safe vaccines.” Natalie Beer’s film contributes to a discussion on vaccine safety but it seems that this is a discussion that cannot be had.
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