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The Foreigner Syria video filmmakers “really happy with reaction”. The fake video posted to YouTube showing the boy rescuing the young girl has been watched over five million times. "It created a debate,” director says. Syrian hero boy shows the some 8-year-old child charging through gunfire to rescue the apparently fear-stricken girl hiding under a burnt out car. It has reportedly inspired many viewers. Oslo-based director Lars Klevberg wrote the script after watching news coverage of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

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Syria video filmmakers “really happy with reaction”

Published on Monday, 17th November, 2014 at 09:44 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 17th November 2014 at 10:03.

The fake video posted to YouTube showing the boy rescuing the young girl has been watched over five million times. "It created a debate,” director says.



Syrian hero boy shows the some 8-year-old child charging through gunfire to rescue the apparently fear-stricken girl hiding under a burnt out car.

It has reportedly inspired many viewers. Oslo-based director Lars Klevberg wrote the script after watching news coverage of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“If I could make a film and pretend it was real, people would share it and react with hope,” he told the BBC.

The boy was hailed as a hero after the one-minute clip. It was thought to be filmed in Yabroud, about 50 miles from Damascus in the countryside.

It emerged that the video was in fact a fake, and filmed in Malta during the summer by Norwegian filmmakers.

"The little boy and girl are professional actors from Malta. The voices in the background are Syrian refugees living in Malta," said Mr Klevberg.

He also stated that he wanted to create an authentic piece of footage to “spur debate” and bring attention to innocent children affected by war.

The video, funded by the Norwegian Film Institute and the Arts Council Norway, has been slammed, however.

Viewers, news publications, and Organisation Human Rights Watch are among those who have decried its authenticity and intentions.

“I was disgusted by the images of a boy getting shot while trying to save a young girl and inspired by the heroism of the act. While the source of the video was unclear, I found it consistent with the barbarity and courage that Syrians experience every day,” said Fred Abrahams of HRW. “Now I’m just disgusted.”

At the same time, Åse Meyer, short film commissioner for the Norwegian Film Institute said she was “surprised people thought it was real.”

“When I see the film, the little boy is shot but he keeps on running. There is no blood on the child,” she added.

The NFI awarded 280,000 kroner towards making the film.

"It was not a cynical way to get attention. They had honest motivations," stated Ms Meyer, who contacted the filmmakers when she received news that it was online, encouraging them to reveal the fictional nature of the film.

"The children surviving gunshots was supposed to send small clues that it was not real. We had long discussions with the film's financiers about the ethics around making a film like this," producer John Einar Hagen said.

34-year-old scriptwriter and director Lars Klevberg remarked that they were pleased with responses to the work.

“We are really happy with the reaction, it created a debate,” he said. “If I could make a film and pretend it was real, people would share it and react with hope.”

Over 195,000 people have been killed in the Syrian war and more than half the population forced to flee their homes since it began over four years ago.



Published on Monday, 17th November, 2014 at 09:44 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 17th November 2014 at 10:03.

This post has the following tags: syria, war, norway, film.





  
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