If you read my post yesterday about the decision to screen ‘Vaxxed’ at the Tribeca Film Festival, you will understand how pleased I was to wake up this morning to the news that the film would no longer be on the program. The announcement of this change in the programming included the following statement from Robert De Niro, Co-Founder of the festival:
“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. 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.
The Festival doesn’t seek to avoid or shy away from controversy. However, we have concerns with certain things in this film that we feel prevent us from presenting it in the Festival program. We have decided to remove it from our schedule.”
I would like to applaud both Mr. De Niro & the rest f the board for taking the time to investigate the veracity of this film and the reliability of its director.
There are, of course, cries of censorship from the filmmakers which just goes to show how little they understand the concept. The Tribeca Film Festival has chosen not to show a particular film because of concerns about the content. They have not striven to change any of the film, to prevent it being shown by anyone else or to comment publically on the content or makers, they have simply decided not to show it – as is their right as festival programmers.