February 6, 2014 — The following is a press release regarding a powerful documentary on the vaccine controversy that will screen in our area.
Over the past few years a campaign against vaccination has gained a foothold in American homes and on the news. Clearly parents are concerned for the wellbeing of their children, but what exactly are the facts about vaccination? What do scientists and doctors have to say about the issue?
It is with great excitement that the Kinesiology Club at California State University San Marcos will host upcoming screenings of the eye-opening film, Invisible Threat, a film that focuses on understanding the science of vaccination and tries to resolve the fear and misperceptions that have led parents around the country to say no to immunizing their children.
Invisible Threat, will premiere with free local screenings on:
- March 4th from 7:00-8:15pm at the Clarke Grand Salon-Room at the California State University San Marcos Campus
- March 5th from 5:00-6:15pm at the Temeku Cinemas in Temecula.
The Carlsbad High Television team behind the film set out to produce a documentary on the human immune system, and in the process they uncovered a social controversy they did not know existed. They soon realized the effects these controversies have on communities across the United States. These students went into this project as journalists with open minds – not for or against vaccines. They were looking to tell the truth, and they were shocked by what they discovered. In the film, the students interview families, physicians and experts about the true benefits of vaccination, and in the process, debunks many of the myths put forth by the few individuals promoting an anti-vaccination campaign.
This 40-minute documentary has garnered praise from more than 50 organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Mayo Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Reviewers are calling the documentary “powerful,” “fast-paced” and “well-balanced.” “Invisible Threat” was sponsored by grants from Rotary International and California Rotary clubs. Carlsbad High School has one of the top broadcasting programs in the nation and has been awarded 19 Student Emmys.
It is an honor to host this group of award-winning teen broadcast journalists who initially set out to film a peer-to-peer educational documentary about the immune system, but stumbled into a controversy they weren’t even aware of. Screenings are being held across the country to spark a movement to educate students and parents about the science of immunization and very real dangers posed by under-vaccinated communities.
Drawing on the journalistic lessons they learned in making their first documentary about the Holocaust, these teens go on to uncover about much more than they ever imagined. Through extensive interviews and their own research conducted over the course of one year, these young filmmakers are now ready to share their production.The link for the trailer and a list of organizations endorsing the film can be found at the film team’s web site: http://www.chstvfilms.org. The site also offers more resources for educating about the societal dangers of under-vaccination. Given the community importance of this film, professors and teachers are encouraged to award students community service hours for attending the screening.
Should you have any further questions regarding the San Marcos screening, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. With questions regarding the Temeula screening, please contact, Lynda Truong at Lyndatruong@ymail.com
Dr. Laura de Ghetaldi
Department of Kinesiology
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences California State University San Marcos
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