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  • The Syndrome is an explosive documentary focused on a team of doctors who expose the junk science behind an unprecedented criminal justice crisis.

-OC Weekly

“Smartly reported…The filmmakers meticulously examine the problems…They expose the issue with depth and breadth; this well-researched investigation is loaded with credible facts.”
-Village Voice

“Scary food for thought”
-Hollywood Reporter

“Takes the viewer on a journey…astonishing”

“This thought-provoking documentary presents a compelling case”
-Film Journal

“Terrific…I was glued to the screen from the first moment.”
-Oscar winning director Kieth Merrill

“A subject that proves to be urgent, fascinating and high-stakes”
-LA Times

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

“Riveting…one of the most important investigative films of our time.”
-Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Michelle Roberts

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

“An eye-opening hybrid of medical drama and courtroom thriller.”
-KCUR Kansas City Public Radio

“It’s a heart-wrenching and unbelieveable story…thorough and intelligent”
-Reel Honest Reviews/Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle

“This is an astonishing documentary. Extremely well-reported and written. I was blown away.”
-Pulitzer Prize journalism finalist Bryan Denson

“This doc is the bomb. Do not miss.”
-BAFTA winner/Golden Globe nominee Dennis Christopher

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The Syndrome is based on years of research by national award-winning investigative reporter Susan Goldsmith.

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. 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..