Exclusive: Festival chairman says documentary “censored” by “powerful forces”
BY NERTI U. QATJA, @VOP_TODAY – Source: Paul Joseph Watson
A major international film festival received threatening calls from “high government officials” in Houston warning them not to show the controversial anti-vaccine film that was recently pulled by the Tribeca Film Festival.
Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, directed by former physician Dr. Andrew Wakefield, explores the link between vaccines and autism and alleges a cover-up involving the CDC.
The documentary was set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month. After initially expressing support for the movie, Robert De Niro, one of the festival founders, agreed to drop it after speaking with scientific professionals.
Infowars can exclusively reveal that the film was also pulled by the WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival after Hunter Todd, the festival Chairman & Founding Director, received threatening calls from “high government officials”.
Email correspondence between Todd and Philippe Diaz, head of Cinema Libre, the distributor of the film, shockingly reveals how government censors are apparently desperate to stop the film from reaching a wider audience.
I wanted you to know that just like De Niro and Tribeca, we must withdraw our invitation to screen VAXXED! It has been cancelled, and there was no press release about the film…that was scheduled for today, but after very threatening calls late yesterday (Monday) from high Houston Government officials (the first and only time they have ever called in 49 years) – we had no choice but to drop the film,” states Todd’s email to Diaz.
Heavy handed censorship, to say the least…they both threatened severe action against the festival if we showed it, so it is out,” he added.
I do hope that they did not call or threaten you. It is done, it is out and we have been censored… There are some very powerful forces against this project. It does seem a bit of overkill, as I am confident that it will be released Online soon and millions of people can see it.”
The “Houston officials” mentioned in the email are believed to have been operating on behalf of the Mayor, Sylvester Turner.