Since the beginning of the Civil War in 2011, many displaced Syrians have been forced to flee their homes with just the clothes on their backs. In the height of war, not a moment could be spared to pack the vital items that they would need to start a new life outside of Syria. They left behind the passports and identity cards that prove their existence and now live stranded, both in Syria and abroad.
'Forged' exposes how the Syrian Regime is using the control of documentation and identity to silence the victims of a decade-long conflict. Four Syrian families seek different paths to obtain their freedom, some turning to forgers working in hiding against the regime.
Documentary Director of Collaborate: ideas & images
Lauren is a self-shooting documentary filmmaker with over 10 years of experience in the industry. She attended the University of Oxford in the Refugee Studies Centre on Forced Migration. Her most recent films are both on displaced persons: the award-winning short film Six Year Old Fears, Shanti Khana on the Rohingya crisis, and WOMENstruate featuring a woman who was displaced during cyclone Idai in Mozambique. Her work has been screened at multiple festivals including Festival de Cannes and she has produced films shot in over 40 countries.
Foreign affairs correspondent and presenter at Bbc
Mike Thomson is a multi-award winning BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent and Presenter. He has covered numerous wars (including those in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Colombia and Afghanistan) exposed links with prominent western companies to slave labour overseas and was one of the first journalists to reveal the plight of Burma’s Rohingya people. Much of Mike’s work has been undercover.