Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies) (2007)

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Critic Consensus: A thrilling and complex documentary about an international con-artist that's as confounded with the distinction between truth and lies as its wildly believable (and equally untrustworthy) subject.

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In 2003 literary trickster Norma Khouri stealthily took readers for a ride with her captivating account of the doomed romance between her best friend Dalia and a Christian military man in Amman, Jordan. According to Khouri's literary fake Forbidden Love (released as Honor Lost stateside), Dalia was killed with impunity by her father when the enraged family patriarch discovered that his daughter was dating outside of the Muslim religion. Though the sham work rapidly established its author as a bold authority on the subject of women in Islamic society, Sydney Morning Herald writer Malcolm Knox punched a devastating hole in Khouri's credibility when he exposed the work as fraudulent a year after Forbidden Love's original publication. Despite an admittance that she did embellish some minor details, Khouri maintains that Dalia was a real person and that she's willing to do whatever it takes to prove it. Now, as Khouri, who claims to be thirty-four year old Catholic Jordanian virgin targeted for death by Islamic fundamentalists, travels back to Jordan in a last-ditch effort to regain her credibility, documentary filmmaker Anna Broinowski attempts to sort fact from fiction by speaking with both the author and her vehemently vocal detractors. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Even after you've seen Forbidden Lie$, the dizzying, drop-dead fascinating documentary on Norma Khouri, you won't be absolutely sure if she's on the level or a con artist ranked as "one of the best ever." That's how good she is.

Full Review… | April 13, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Forbidden Lies, a documentary by Anna Broinowski, records, fascinatingly but with far too much slick finesse, Norma's world-class con artistry.

Full Review… | April 13, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
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Forbidden Lie$ holds our attention with Khouri's increasingly brazen and unrepentant insistence that she's the only voice of truth in a violent world.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
I.E. Weekly
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Even as Broinowski exposes Khouri's shameful and pathological abuse of such genuine tragedies, the filmmaker may be giving her subject exactly what she wants.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Salon.com
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Audience Reviews for Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies)

19/07/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .
EightThirty .

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I LOVED THIS GIRL'S GUTS!!!!! I just saw the documentary and immediately got on my computer to search a web site that i could voice my opinion. I will indeed keep this short and to the point the best i can. YOU GOT BALLS NORMA KHOURI!!!!!! I believe every word you stated about the so called Muslims in Jordan and their strange and unlawful traditional beliefs in their god "Allah".What gives them the right!!! They need their memories refreshed ,that there is but only "ONE GOD"! How dare them play god with their families and other people lives!!!!!!I use to belong to the Nation of Islam for 14yrs. So yes i do have a valid voice of opinion as to what i believe to be a possible truth! And I believe the FORBIDDEN LIES that these corrupted forgein governments have lived and still continue to live and cover up in today's time, for their own sick and perverted traditional ways of living and beliefs. IT DOES STILL EXSIST!!!!!But only our TRUE GOD will hand out the justice that is due to them and all involved.I respect this lady's courage to seek justice for her dear best friend. Jesus NEVER backed down from the truth!!!!GOD BLESS you Norma on your difficult journey to prove the truth to all of these NON-GOD FEARING un-human beings...My prayers go out to NORMA KHOURI and your beautiful and honorable mission to uncover the truth!!!..... p.s. in order to understand what this lady(NORMA KHOURI) is trying to do, you must believe in God and truly know what's right and who's really wrong here..pss by the way Norma i dont care what your true name is I understand the reason for all that too!!God Bless!!!Brenda K.

brenda kowalski
brenda kowalski

Really interesting documentary. It seemed to go from bad to worse with this woman and her stories. My end impression of her was that she was slightly crazy.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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