Robert De Niro has changed his mind about allowing an anti-vaccination documentary in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival line-up. The Oscar winner initially defended its inclusion in a statement which referenced his autistic son but has since decided to pull it.

Robert said, “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”

  • His initial explanation read, “Grace Hightower and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening Vaxxed. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.”
  • Vaxxed was made by Andrew Wakefield — a leader in the anti-vaccination movement.



  • Do you think the documentary should be screened?
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  • Do you think De Niro only changed his mind because of outside pressure?