Starting this Friday, June 10, the Terrace Theatre will screen Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, a film that claims to be one of America’s most controversial movies of the moment. Documenting a cover-up by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the faulty safety study of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, the film delves into the controversy of the vaccination process from the perspective of whistleblower and CDC Senior Scientist William Thompson. According to the film, the CDC concealed and destroyed data after a 2004 study revealed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
Though the film contains undercurrents that seem strongly anti-vaccine, director Andrew Wakefield and producer Polly Tommey claim the film is merely presenting data, previously unreleased to the public, showing a correlation between the introduction of the MMR vaccine and the proliferation of autism cases in the past 20 years. The film has caught the attention of many people, including high-profile celebrities such as Robert De Niro, who touted its importance after the Tribeca Film Festival pulled the film from its slated world premiere on April 24. (De Niro is one of the festival's co-founders).
“It said something to me that was valid,” De Niro said. “Maybe some things were inaccurate, but if the movie was 20 percent accurate, it was worth seeing.” The refusal to premiere this film was considered by some to be a First Amendment issue; despite some hiccups, the film has experienced box office success.
Friday's shows are at 2:35 and 6:45 p.m. You can buy tickets here.