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THE SYNDROME

An explosive documentary about doctors,
scientists, and legal scholars
working to overturn convictions and prove
Shaken Baby Syndrome does not exist.

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THE STORY
A mother of three spent 11 years in prison for killing a baby she never harmed. That’s what happens when widely held beliefs based on junk science lead to the convictions of innocent people.

The explosive documentary The Syndrome follows the crusade of a group of doctors, scientists, and legal scholars who have uncovered that “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” a child abuse theory used in hundreds of U.S. prosecutions each year, is not scientifically valid. In fact, they say, it doesn’t exist.
BACKGROUND
Filmmaker Meryl Goldsmith and national award-winning investigative reporter Susan Goldsmith document the unimaginable nightmare for those accused and focus on the men and women dedicating their lives to defending the prosecuted and freeing the convicted.

How did the myth of “SBS” begin and who are the shocking people behind it who have built careers and profited from the theory? Both are unflinchingly identified. Shaken baby proponents want to silence their critics even as countless lives are ruined.
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“Excellent…Must-see”

OC WEEKLY

“Like any great documentary, The Syndrome will leave audiences permanently informed on an issue that otherwise would not be coming to light.”

CINEMACY

“The filmmakers meticulously examine the problems… They expose the issue with depth and breadth; this well researched investigation is loaded with credible facts and has a workaday broadcast news magazine feel.”

VILLAGE VOICE

“Takes the viewer on a journey… astonishing” Culturefly “This thought-provoking documentary presents a compelling case”

FILM JOURNAL

“An eyeopening hybrid of medical drama and courtroom thriller.”

KCUR KANSAS CITY PUBLIC RADIO

“The Syndrome makes a compelling case for questioning shaken baby charges.”

WORLD MAGAZINE

“Scary food for thought”

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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CAST

BARNES

Dr. Barnes is a professor and Chief of Pediatric Neuroradiology at Stanford University Children’s Hospital and the founder of the hospital’s child abuse task force.

PLUNKETT

Dr. Plunkett is an anatomic, clinical, forensic pathologist and retired Minnesota state pathologist.

TUERKHEIMER

Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer, now at Northwestern Law, is a former Manhattan domestic violence prosecutor and author.

USCINSKI

Dr. Uscinski is a world-renowned neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at Georgetown University and George Washington University.

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MERYL GOLDSMITH

Filmmaker Meryl Goldsmith teamed up with an investigative journalist on her feature directorial debut, The Syndrome. The award-winning documentary has played at film festivals, law schools, and law and forensic science conferences. Goldsmith signed a deal with Freestyle Digital Media, the newly acquired distribution arm of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, for an April 2016 release on demand everywhere and in theaters. 

SUSAN GOLDSMITH

Susan Goldsmith is a veteran investigative reporter who has worked for The Oregonian, New Times Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Daily News. She has spent years researching shaken baby syndrome and that work is featured in the forthcoming documentary The Syndrome. Goldsmith has won numerous state, regional and national journalism awards, including a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her reporting on child abuse.

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