The Robert F. Kennedy Jr.-backed film is a sequel to “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” which was yanked from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival amid criticism the flick peddled the widely debunked claim that a link exists between vaccines and autism.
Three years later, anti-vaxxers eager for a second installment of the film need to sign up for email updates to learn the details of the screenings — since its website reveals only the cities it’s showing in, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. across the US.
Apparently hard up for distributors, the “Vaxxed II” website also has an option to “host a screening,” where “Captains” are enlisted to help get the word out — and a minimum number of tickets have to be purchased ahead of time for the dubious doc to screen.
As of March 1, the first “Vaxxed” no longer streams on Amazon after pressure from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who wrote in a letter to Jeff Bezos that the platform was “reversing progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases,” although other films, such as “The Great Culling: Our Water,” which promotes the conspiracy that the fluoride in drinking water is harmful, still remain.
Expect a familiar cast of characters in “Vaxxed II,” such as Andrew Wakefield, the discredited UK doctor whose medical license was revoked by Britain’s General Medical Council in 2010 and whose original paper on the matter was retracted.
The film features a “Vaxxed” bus, which traveled the country collecting stories from parents who believe their children have been harmed by vaccines.
Its limited release should shield it from the showdown the first movie experienced after it was booted from the fest. However, that installment still got its day in the sun with a screening at the Angelika Film Center. And Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro didn’t exactly discredit the movie in statements following the debacle.
“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family,” said De Niro, who has a child with autism.
“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.”
RFK Jr., the executive producer of “Vaxxed II,” was called out by his brother, sister and niece in a Politico op-ed in May, where they called his views on the shots “tragically wrong.”
The pseudoscience movie re-enters the zeitgeist after record-breaking instances of measles in the US, including a large outbreak in Brooklyn, which saw 285 cases between October 2018 and April of this year.
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