Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is a documentary film investigating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC is the government agency responsible for protecting the health of American citizens.

The investigation showed how the agency destroyed data on their 2004 study that established a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, says IMDB.

This unnerving deception has allegedly led to the huge increase in autism case, which is potentially the most disastrous epidemic of our lifetime.

Here are five facts about the film and its controversy.

The Issue

Vaxxed is a movie about how the American government held a “trashcan party” of destroying documents, says Roger Ebert, says Russia Today.

These documents established  the scary conclusion that African American boys who were getting the MMR more than other vaccines were 3.4 times more likely to become autistic.

The MMR vaccine is an immunization vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles).

The Whistleblower

Vaxxed is based on statements and documents provided by a former senior scientist Brian Hooker. The whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson worked at the top US health agency and was involved in three studies on MMR vaccination and autism.

“This scientist has come forward. He said they (CDC) are basically throwing out data, manipulating data, on the MMR Autism vaccine study that took place between 2002 and 2004,” said the producer of the film.

Promotion by Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro has an 18-year-old son, Elliot, who is suffering from autism. According to his wife, Elliot changed overnight after having the MMR jab.

Due to this reason, De Niro has been promoting the controversial new documentary Vaxxed on the subject, says The Telegraph.

“Everyone should go and see this film,” DeNiro said.

“There’s a lot of information about things happening with the CDC, the pharmaceutical companies, there’s a lot of things that are not said.”

It is not an Anti-Vaccine Movie

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According to director Andrew Wakefield, the most essential thing about the movie is that it’s not anti-vaccine. However, it is about safe and effective vaccines for children against serious infectious disease.

“It has been portrayed as an anti-vaccine movie. It is most certainly not that.” Wakefield said.

The Controversial Filmmaker

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Andrew Wakefield was the British doctor who first connected a link between autism and the combined MMR vaccines. Wakefield’s 1998 study was later discovered to be fraudulent.

He had been barred from practising medicine in the UK since then.

Documentary filmmaker Penny Lane claims that people have to be aware of documentary films that “promote quackery or some other vested interest, especially when dressed up as science,” says Crikey.

According to Lane, Wakefield is a “quack and junk scientist who has just filled the void.”