Viral video of Syrian boy hero a fake

The video of a young Syrian boy rescuing a girl from gunfire that went viral on social networks was actually filmed in Malta by a Norwegian director.

November 15, 2014 05:31
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A video that went viral last week of a young Syrian boy daringly rescuing a terrified girl hiding underneath a car as bullets and gunfire rained down on them was revealed on Friday to be a hoax . A group of Norwegian filmmakers admitted  to the BBC that they produced the fake video to raise discussion about the conflict.

"If I could make a film and pretend it was real, people would share it and react with hope," Lars Klevberg, the film's director, told the BBC.

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"We shot it in Malta in May this year on a set that was used for other famous movies like Troy and Gladiator," Klevberg said. "The little boy and girl are professional actors from Malta. The voices in the background are Syrian refugees living in Malta."

In the clip, the boy is seen running toward the girl, then stopping after it appeared he was hit by gunfire. He then gets up, grabs the young girl by the hand, and ushers her away from the fighting.

The video went viral on Tuesday after it was posted by the Shaam News Network.

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