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The Forger

The Forger is an Emmy Award-winning and Peabody 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, Kaminsky spent the rest of his life helping others escape atrocities around the world.

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

Premiered in 2016

Created by The New York Times
Produced by Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia, Pamela Druckerman
Shadow Puppetry, Original Music & Sound design by Manual Cinema

Honors & Awards

Emmy Award logo
Peabody award logo
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For the New York Times

Produced By Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia, Pamela Druckerman

Field Producer Murat Gökmen

Cinematographer Stu McCardle

Edited by Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia, Taige Jensen

Executive Producers Adam B. Ellick, Nancy Gauss


Music Composed by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman
Sound Design by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman
Shadow Animations by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller
Music Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Kyle Vegter

Director of Photography Maren Celest


Lizi Breit

Drew Dir

Sarah Fornace

Julia Miller


Myra Hinrichs (violins)

Aimee Biasiello (viola)

Alex Ellsworth (cello)

Kyle Vegter (piano)

Ben Kauffman (guitar)

Special Thanks to Naomi Garriock

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