Before anyone had heard of COVID-19, filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy (THE GARDEN, FOOD EVOLUTION) began investigating the global measles epidemic. Filming with top public health officials–including Tony Fauci–as well as rare interviews with anti-vaccine activists who were persuading parents by the millions to refuse vaccines for their children.
Then COVID-19 happened.
Acting quickly, Kennedy shifted his directorial eye to this once-in-a-century tragedy. Both skeptical and hopeful, SHOT IN THE ARM explores vaccine hesitancy historically and in the context of our modern pandemic. Can we replace cynicism with healthy curiosity and bridge the political divides that make us sick?
“Scott’s brilliant documentary FOOD EVOLUTION confirmed his special talent for communicating sound science in a compelling fashion. In SHOT IN THE ARM, he will vanquish misconceptions about vaccination with equal dispatch. This timely project will save lives in the United States and around the world.”
Kat Hall Jamieson PhD
Co-founder of FactCheck.org
When Covid-19 struck, many of us hoped that the global challenge would unite us. Public health officials urged us to set aside our differences and find common purpose. Doctors urged solidarity in the midst of disinformation and death.
But in the United States, deep cultural and political divides broadened, and in many cases, distrust and confusion made the pandemic worse.
SHOT IN THE ARM tells the story of these divides–how we got here, and how we might heal.
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