April 08, 2016
(NaturalNews) When film-goers walked out of the Angelika Film Center in New York City last weekend, they were visibly moved, many of them with tears in their eyes. It wasn't one of the latest big box office dramas that inspired such emotion; it was a 91-minute documentary called Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe.
The film looks at the corruption, fraud and collusion that takes place in the CDC, which is supposed to be looking out for public health. It looks into the story of William Thompson, PhD, the CDC senior scientist who blew the whistle on CDC deception in studies on the links between the MMR vaccine and autism. There are interviews with politicians and doctors, but it is the stories shared by the parents of children who have been injured by MMR vaccines that are stirring up the most emotions.
Bring tissues and have support ready
Contributing Editor Tim Welsh of AgeofAutism.com was one of the first people to see the movie. He described it as a "riveting roller coaster" and identifies it as a standout even among other documentaries about autism.
He said the movie moved him to tears and suggested that viewers come equipped with tissues, although he was quick to point out that it gets its message across without going too far.
He said: "Questions raised over and over in the public domain about Fraud, Deception and Malfeasance at the CDC are detailed in such a way I personally believe it will be impossible for the crimes to go ignored."
He even goes so far as to suggest that viewers bring a friend for support because he found himself shaking and crying at the end and in need of a hug. A commenter who attended the Saturday night screening said she felt she was in the presence of heroes at the film, thanking all of those involved in its production. Another commenter said the film had been getting good numbers at the box office all weekend.
Meanwhile, a post by "Professor" on ThinkingMomsRevolution.com said: "Practically from the opening scene, the film Vaxxed grabs our attention and doesn't let go until it has elicited every ounce of empathy and outrage the human heart is capable of."
Several commenters were quick to echo their agreement and call out reviewers in the mainstream media who claimed that the turnout for the film was low.
The soft premiere was well attended considering that it took place on a Friday morning at 11am, but the 8pm showing that night was fully packed. When the makers of the film came out afterward, they were greeted with a standing ovation.
As pointed out by Celia Farber and Stephen Ericson of TruthBarrier.com, the film grossed more than $28,000 in three days on its opening weekend. This not only equates to at least a handful of sold-out shows but also exceeds the per-theater average for the controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 on its opening weekend.
Film no stranger to controversy
The film was initially accepted by the Tribeca Film Festival before being suddenly and inexplicably rejected. Robert De Niro, who has an autistic child, said he had thought the film would be a good conversation-starter, but he was somehow convinced to change his mind.
In a statement he said, "But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for."
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