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The Pathological Optimist (2017)

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In the center of the recent Tribeca Film Festival scandal surrounding his film VAXXED: From Cover-up to Controversy stands Andrew Wakefield, discredited and stripped of his medical license for his infamous study suggesting a link between the MMR vaccine, bowel disease, and autism. THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST takes us into the inner sanctum of Wakefield and his family from 2011- 2016 as he fights for his day in court in a little known defamation case against the British Medical Journal. Wakefield attempts to clear his name as the media-appointed Father of the Anti-vaccine movement. Director Miranda Bailey weaves a delicate portrait of a man who is THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST utilizing a never-before-seen, full access look at the man at the center of one of the biggest medical and media controversies of our times.

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$5,946, 1 October 2017, Limited Release

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$6,522, 5 October 2017
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A Must See Documentary
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If a documentary's purpose is to inform and record the truth's of a subject. The Pathological Optimist gets deep into the soul and the truth of Andrew Wakefield. This documentary follows Wakefield through the aftereffect of his own documentary Vaxxed which alleged that certain vaccines could be giving children autism. Andrew must continuously take up and battle against all of his critiques to clear his name and restore his credibility. Wakefield may have one of the most interesting faces the screen has ever seen. It feels that with every word and sentence formed you are seeing the inner workings of a man who knows his truth and his purpose but yet may be conflicted. The Pathological Optimist gives you a wonderful look into a man who is searching for the truth in more ways than one. A Wonderful Documentary!


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