What happens when people manipulate truth to advance a good cause?
The BBC reported today that a viral video of a “Syrian hero boy” rescuing a little girl while bullets rain around them is a fake. The video was created in May by a group of Norwegian filmmakers who apparently hoped to generate awareness of children in conflict zones.
The video has been viewed more than 3.4 million times on YouTube and covered by news sites including the Daily Mail, the Independent, the Telegraph and the New York Daily News. It was filmed in Malta on the same set used by the makers of “Gladiator.”
“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.… Seguir leyendo »