UPDATE: The Syrian ‘hero boy’ video below was staged by a Norwegian film director:
Lars Klevberg, a 34-year-old film director based in Oslo, wrote a script after watching news coverage of the conflict in Syria. He says he deliberately presented the film as reality in order to generate a discussion about children in conflict zones.
Were they comfortable making a film that potentially deceived millions of people? “I was not uncomfortable,” Klevberg said. “By publishing a clip that could appear to be authentic we hoped to take advantage of a tool that’s often used in war; make a video that claims to be real. We wanted to see if the film would get attention and spur debate, first and foremost about children and war. We also wanted to see how the media would respond to such a video.”
This 8 year old boy (above) in Syria is so brave. Watch as terrorists take multiple shots directly at him, and he pretends to be hit.
Then, he jumps up, runs, and grabs the hand of a terrified girl (who is 5 or 6 years old) who is cowering next to a car:
The one-minute clip, taken by men hiding safely in a building on a bombed-out Syrian street, shows a man run out of a different building to safety as the group exclaims and yells loudly for the man’s safe passage.
About halfway through, the footage pans left to a child, no more than 8 years old, lying in the street. The boy gets up to make a mad dash towards his cowering companion but is shot at twice, the second bullet appearing to hit him in the chest as a puff of dust sprays into the air.
Via NY Daily News
The video was posted by the Shaam News Network, which is run by activists in Damascus. Experts have confirmed in British newspapers that it’s real, as this sort of violence is common in Syria and Iraq.
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