Shots in the Dark: Silence On Vaccine by an award winning film maker Lina B. Moreco examines current controversy surrounding vaccination. Although, controversy over vaccinations is not new, current childhood immunization schedules include twice the amount of vaccines compared to 25 years ago, with multiple vaccines given simultaneously being the norm. In addition, elements used in the preparation of vaccines such as mercury and aluminum have not been tested for safety in humans since the early 1920’s. These facts, along with the increase in diagnosed cases of autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities, coupled with the striking similarity in parental and physician post vaccination observations, direct the film’s exploration of the contention between government agencies, legal authorities, watch dog associations, drug companies, physicians, parents, and children.
Shots in the Dark: Silence On Vaccine succeeds in making a good case for public alarm and the need for impartial scientific studies to establish evidence based vaccination schedules, vaccine safety, and making compensation accessible. Parents put a human face on the facts as they relate their stories. Several recount how they watched their children “just go away” within hours or days of receiving the MMR vaccine. Adults impart their stories of vaccine harm as well from Meningitis and Hepatitis A and B vaccines. Interspersed with these personal stories are interviews with biochemists, researchers, and physicians from their labs in France, England, Canada, and the United States. In turn, they explain the range of possible individual body and brain immune responses to vaccine.
Lina B. Moreco
National Film Board of Canada