“A controversial anti-vaccination documentary has been withdrawn from the Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival.
The festival committee says it faced a firestorm of abuse after announcing Vaxxed would be included in the October event, and last night issued a statement because some members felt “personally and professionally threatened’’.
“This is unacceptable,’’ the statement read. “It is with the utmost regret therefore that CLIFF is compelled, for clear reasons of personal and public safety, to withdraw the screening from the CLIFF 2016 programme,” the statement said.
Vaxxed explores allegations of a cover-up by the US Centre for Disease Control and a link between the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine and autism.”
Pedler’s article describes the by now familiar dynamics of intimidation, threats, and festival organizers having to choose between their safety and the safety of their families, and showing a sought after “controversial” documentary, which to date has not had its contents refuted by the film’s central subject: CDC Whistleblower Dr. William Thompson.
You can read Dr. Thompson’s revealing text exchange with Dr. Wakefield and his wife Carmel, published in 2014 at The Truth Barrier, here.