Family Shots

Should parents trust the vaccines doctors champion for their children?

Family Shots Jessica and David disagree on vaccinating their daughter. After Jessica reacted badly to an injection during her pregnancy, she fears the same, or worse, for her toddler. With conflicting research mystifying the true risks of aluminium adjuvants, the couple must weigh evidence and speculation to do what they think best for their child. From pregnancy to infancy, Family Shots questions whether medical scientists are giving us the whole picture.

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The Producers

David Sieveking - Director

David was born in Germany and studied film directing between 2000 and 2007 at the Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. During his studies, he directed many film projects, took part in the Berlinale Talent Campus, and worked as an editor, assistant director and actor for film and television productions. His semi-documentary short film The American Embassy won three German up-and-coming awards and was invited to the 2005 edition of the Cannes Film Festival. After its premiere at the Berlinale, his first feature documentary David Wants to Fly was screened in 40 national and international film festivals and won several awards. In 2013, David’s second theatrical release Forget Me Not won several awards and was the most successful documentary film in German cinemas.

Martin Heisler - Producer

Martin began his film career with a management assistant apprenticeship for audiovisual media at the broadcasting company WDR and then pursued production studies at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB). His production Autopilots, directed by Bastian Günther, won the MFG Star in 2006, and his 2013 film Houston from the same director celebrated its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. His documentary Forget Me Not from the same year has entertained a worldwide audience of more than 150,000, and received the Hessen Film Prize, the Semaine de la Critique Prize (Locarno Film Fest) as well as a nomination for the German Film Award for Best Documentary.

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