|East Coast Premiere|
|Winner: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE - WORLD SOCIAL IMPACT|
|Crew: ||Producers: Joan Shenton - Meditel Productions - Screenwriters: Joan Shenton
SACRIFICIAL VIRGINS: Not for the Greater Good
Is the next Thalidomide-style scandal about to break?
How young girls are being seriously damaged by the vaccine with the highest reported adverse reactions of any existing vaccine
The Human Papilloma Vaccine (HPV) is a treatment in widespread use but its efficacy in preventing cancer is medically unproven, while unintended, adverse reactions are blighting and even ending the lives of girls and young women across the world. However, pharmaceutical manufacturers and many health authorities are refusing to acknowledge there is a problem and the medical community is continuing to offer the vaccine.
Sacrificial Virgins - so named because the vaccine is often given to girls before they become sexually active - exposes increasing evidence of serious neurological damage following the HPV injections. It calls for the vaccine to be withdrawn in the hope that this will help to halt another global tragedy.
The documentary is divided into three parts.
Part I "Not for the greater good" questions whether HPV actually causes cervical cancer. It states that there is so far no proof that the HPV vaccination of girls can prevent cervical cancer in her later life and highlights compelling evidence that the risk of severe, neurological side-effects outweighs its unproven benefits.
Part II "Pain and suffering" focuses on two young British victims who are paralysed and on a likely cause of the adverse reactions: the use of a new type of aluminium in the vaccines and also the addition of other aluminium content which was not included in the safety trials.
Part III "A penny for your pain" looks at the growing litigation around the world following HPV vaccine damage. Over a hundred cases are going through the courts in Japan . There is ongoing litigation in Spain and a class action in Colombia involving 700 injured girls.
Andi Reiss is an award winning independent documentary filmmaker who has found his reality through the lenses of contrast. He is a highly experienced and creative PD, with the rare combination of excellent storytelling, stunning photography and great people skills. Specialising in factual and observational documentary programmes, he is equally comfortable directing crews, in the edit and self-shooting. He has the ability to quickly adapt to any situation and develop and sustain relationships with contributors, crew and talent.
Many of his films have done well on the festival circuit and on television, and he's found success in the many genres he's crossed; film , photography, painting, drawing and technology. During his formative years in which he built a strong foundation, he wrote/produced and directed several diversified short films.
Andi served on the Committee of the Directors Guild between 2004 and 2010, and is a Trustee for the mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind.