Anorak | Lars Klevberg Teaches Media To Treat Everything From the Middle East As A Fake

Lars Klevberg Teaches Media To Treat Everything From the Middle East As A Fake

by | 15th, November 2014

DO you believe what you see coming from the Middle East? You should doubt it:



An online video that purported to show the heart-stopping moment when a small boy risked his life to rescue a little girl from gunfire in Syria has been exposed as an elaborate hoax. Lars Klevberg, 34, a Norwegian film director based in Oslo, admitted last night that he was behind the staged clip, which has been viewed more than five million times and prompted international headlines.

Mr Klevberg scripted the scene after watching news coverage of the conflict in Syria…

The 60-second video appears to show a Syrian street raked by gunfire. A boy, who looks no more than ten years old, tries to reach a girl of about the same age as she shelters from gunfire behind a burnt-out car.

Entitled “Syrian hero boy rescues girl in shootout”, the video then shows the boy falling dramatically within yards of the car, apparently feigning injury, before leaping forward and pulling the terrified young girl to safety. They then run, hand-in-hand, under heavy fire to shelter.

The children were actors.

Mr Klevberg said, adding that his purpose had been to urge “action on behalf of innocent children”.

What a guy:

Klevberg contacted the BBC and admitted that the video was not authentic, revealing that the footage had been filmed in May 2014, not in Syria but in Malta. The Oslo-based filmmaker said his team wanted to draw attention to the plight of children

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