Award-winning HPV vaccine documentary selected for 2018 Reading Film Fest, Reading PA
Written and narrated by Joan Shenton and directed by Andi Reiss, both established film makers in the UK, Sacrificial Virgins investigates extensive global concerns over the safety of the controversial HPV* vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, and the state-sponsored HPV vaccination programs found in the US, UK and elsewhere. Under these programs, HPV vaccines are very widely administered, often via schools, to teenage girls and, increasingly, boys, with proposals to extend programs to younger, pre-puberty children.
This is despite rising evidence that – as Joan Shenton startlingly concludes in describing Sacrificial Virgins, “these programs are ruining thousands upon thousands of lives, some fatally, with no evidence that they are delivering on their core promise: to prevent future cervical cancer.”
Reading Film Fest – which describes itself as created by filmmakers for filmmakers and film lovers – is to screen Sacrificial Virgins in its Social & Health Issues Docs section this coming Saturday, November 3.
Joan Shenton – who is recovering from a recent serious fall and cannot attend Reading in person – said: “We are honoured to be selected by Reading Film Fest for the Saturday screening. We feel recognised not only for making an important contribution to US and world health but also for creating a film appreciated by filmmakers, and that is a double honour.”
In fact, there is something of a triple honour as Sacrificial Virgins is also being screened the same weekend in Australia, on the final night of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.
Ms Shenton continued: “Sacrificial Virgins shows, through painstakingly meticulous research and interviews with some of the world’s most renowned medical and scientific experts in the field, that reasons for doubting the world’s HPV vaccination programs are accelerating by the day. Yet some health authorities’ response is, frighteningly, to step up their programs.
“For example, Australia, where Gardasil was developed, recently claimed it would be the first country to effectively eliminate cervical cancer (1) but data now shows that, far from eliminating cancer, there isn’t even a downward trend in cervical cancer diagnoses among women in the age group first targeted by the vaccine (2). In fact, in the UK the annual increase in cervical cancer diagnoses in such women is actually accelerating (3), which should be wake-up call to health authorities there and in the United States.”
Shenton concluded: “These health authorities should be suspending their programs until independent science gives the all clear. That is what Sacrificial Virgins calls for. But at the moment, they are doing quite the reverse, even as independent science is saying the opposite of ‘all clear’.”
Sacrificial Virgins will be screened from 12pm on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Reading IMAX Theater, 30 N 2nd St, Reading. Tickets are $10 from the festival. For more, see http://readingfilmfest.com/gender-issues/ .
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Joan Shenton, writer, narrator, producer, Sacrificial Virgins
Poster for Sacrificial Virgins (2017) - How young girls are being seriously damaged by the vaccine with the highest reported adverse reactions of any existing vaccine