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The Syndrome (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 April 2016 (USA)
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An explosive documentary focused on a team of doctors who expose the junk science behind an unprecedented criminal justice crisis.


Meryl Goldsmith
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Credited cast:
Dale Akiki Dale Akiki ... Self (archive footage)
Randell Alexander Randell Alexander ... Self (archive footage)
Gerald Amirault Gerald Amirault ... Self (archive footage)
Patrick Barnes Patrick Barnes ... Self
Ronald Barr Ronald Barr ... Self (archive footage)
Toni Blake Toni Blake ... Self (archive footage)
Robert Block Robert Block ... Self (archive footage)
Milo Bodnar Milo Bodnar ... Self (archive footage)
David Bowdish David Bowdish ... Self (archive footage)
Rashi Brisbon Rashi Brisbon ... Self (archive footage)
Jerry Brown ... Self (archive footage)
Tenicia Brown Tenicia Brown ... Self (archive footage)
Peggy McMartin Buckey Peggy McMartin Buckey ... Self (archive footage)
Ray Buckey Ray Buckey ... Self (archive footage)
John Caffey John Caffey ... Self (archive footage)
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Audrey Edmunds, mother of three, spent 11 years in prison for killing a baby she never harmed. And she is not alone. What happens when widely held beliefs based on junk science lead to the convictions of innocent people? The Syndrome is an explosive documentary following the crusade of a group of doctors, scientists, and legal scholars who have uncovered that "Shaken Baby Syndrome," a child abuse theory responsible for hundreds of prosecutions each year in the US, is not scientifically valid. In fact, they say, it does not even exist. Filmmaker Meryl Goldsmith teams with Award-winning investigative reporter Susan Goldsmith to document the unimaginable nightmare for those accused and shine a light on the men and women dedicating their lives to defending the prosecuted and freeing the convicted. The Syndrome uncovers the origins of the myth of "Shaken Baby Syndrome." It unflinchingly identifies those who have built careers and profited from this theory along with revealing their ... Written by The Syndrome

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great investigative filmmaking
27 February 2016 | by verhovenmarkSee all my reviews

THE SYNDROME took me on a terrifying and very informative journey into the world of scientists doctors journalists and lawyers who are all uncovering that the so called "Shaken Baby Syndrome" is not scientifically valid. But the theory helped to prosecute many innocent people currently in prison. While of course it is not recommended to shake a baby, many innocent people are prosecuted with the help of what seems to be a lobby of shaken baby proponents. They are trying to silence their critics.

The filmmakers did an amazing job in their research. This is a great example of investigative filmmaking.

Hopefully this documentary can change the way these cases are seen and make our world a better place.

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