mp;o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B003VSM4QQ&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr” style=”width: 120px; height: 240px;” marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″> From Janet Cooke to Jayson Blair and James Frey, we’ve learned time and time again that just because it’s in print doesn’t make it true. To my knowledge, this lesson has never been depicted as fascinating as in “Forbidden Lie$,” a 2007 documentary just now making its way to DVD.
Aussie director Anna Broinowski attempts to unravel the mystery behind the “she said/they said” game involving Norma Khouri, whose “Forbidden Love” memoir on Jordanian honor killings become a worldwide best seller in 2003. The crux of the book comes from the stabbing of Norma’s best friend, Delia, by Delia’s own father and brothers. The young Muslim woman’s crime? Dating a Christian man. Norma fled the country, afraid for her own safety.
But a year following “Love”‘s publication, journalist Malcolm Knox argued “ with evidence “ the book was fiction, setting off a firestorm of controversy. In an attempt to clear her name and polish off her tarnished rep, Khouri takes Broinowski and her camera to Jordan, to prove she’s been telling the truth.
So has she? I’m not saying. Watch the doc. And don’t you dare Google her name before doing so, because “Forbidden Lie$” has more twists than a box of SuperPretzels. Broinowski takes you down roads you wouldn’t think possible, and with each revelation, the viewer is floored.
Although the director employs some questionable stylistic touches early in the film, “Forbidden Lie$” is a captivating portrait of a woman who’s either a creative artist or a con artist. The documentary answers that question clearly, yet remains fair to both sides. In other words, it’s no hatchet job; guilty subjects dig their own holes deep, and are given every opportunity to use a stepladder. “Rod Lott