The Forger

The Forger is a Peabody Award and Emmy Award-nominated documentary short, produced by the New York Times. Manual Cinema worked closely with the Times to create shadow animations and the original score and sound design for the film, about the life and work of Adolfo Kaminsky–the famed Paris Forger who saved the lives of over 14,000 Jews during WWII.

“How do you become a forger? Out of necessity and by chance,” says Kaminsky.

After the Second World War, Kaminksy spent the rest of his life helping others escape atrocities around the world.

The Forger had its festival world premiere at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in 2017, where it won audience pick for top short.


By Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia, Pamela Druckerman and Manual Cinema Studios.


Music Composed by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman
Sound Design by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman
Shadow Animations by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, and Julia Miller
Puppetry by Lizi Breit, Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, and Julia Miller
Director of Photography: Maren Celest

Music Performed by Myra Hinrichs (violins), Aimee Biasiello (viola), Alex Ellsworth (cello), Kyle Vegter (piano), Ben Kauffman (guitar)
Music Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Kyle Vegter

Special Thanks to Naomi Garriock


The original soundtrack is for sale here as a digital download.