Roxie Releasing presents
the 2008 US theatrical release of
A film by Anna Broinowski
Con or Artist
WHO DO YOU BELIEVE?
The journalist? The Chicago mobster? The murdered friend? The FBI? The violent husband? The extorted granny? The spurned lover? The outraged publisher? The embittered fan? The detective?
The Muslim activist? The estranged father?
The psychiatrist? The media?
A REAL LIFE THRILLER ABOUT NORMA KHOURI,
THE PEOPLE SHE’S CONNED,
AND HOW NOONE’S SAFE IN THE AGE OF SPIN.
φ WINNER Best non-fiction Screenplayη
Writer’s Guild of America (East and West) 2008
φ WINNER 20,000 Euro ‘Cult’ Prize η
Rome Film Festival 2007
φ WINNER Golden Gate Awards Special Jury Prize η
2008 San Francisco International Film Festival
φ WINNER Golden Award – long form documentaryη
2008 Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival
φ WINNER Best Film Scriptη
2008 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
φ WINNER 2 Australian Film Institute Awards η
Best Documentary Feature Film 2007
Best Editing in a documentary 2007
φ WINNER 2 Film Critics’ Awards η
Best Feature Documentary – Film Ciritcs Circle of Australia Best Feature Documentary – Australian Film Critics’ Association
φ Top Ten Audience Favourite η
Adelaide International Film festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
φ Official Selection η
Sheffield International Documentary Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Rio International Film Festival
Rome International Film Festival
MOMA documentary fortnight, New York (USA) 2008
True/False Film Festival (USA) 2008
San Francisco International Film Festival (USA) 2008
Al Jazeera Film Festival (Qatar) 2008
Full Frame Documentary Festival (USA) 2008
Honolulu International film festival (USA) 2008
Silverdocs International Documentary festival (USA) 2008
S H O R T S Y N O P S I S
In July 2004, Norma Khouri, best-selling author of ‘Forbidden Love’, was exposed as a fake.
She’d won fame and fortune as a Jordanian virgin on the run from Islamic extremists who’d put a Fatwah on her head for her campaign against honour killings. But she was really Norma Bagain, a Chicago real-estate agent and mother of two, on the run from the FBI for one million dollars of fraud.
Spinning murder, politics, greed and literary scandal into a web that ensnares us all, FORBIDDEN LIE$ is a real-life thriller about a brilliant con/artist, the people she’s duped, and why, despite everything, we still want to believe her.
R E V I E W S
“Wildly entertaining and utterly compelling, Forbidden Lie$ is the documentary version of an airport novel – one you can’t take your eyes off…Riveting” Colin Fraser, Filmink
“As compelling as any thriller…”
Michael Adams, Empire
“This totally fascinating documentary…is made with considerable skill: it’s a tantalising real-life mystery.”
David Stratton, At the Movies, ABC TV
Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies, ABC TV
“This superb documentary...is the best Australian film of the year.” Adrian Martin, The Australian
“This isn’t a dry documentary: rather it’s a chase movie...” Rodney Chester, Courier Mail
“This unconventional documentary will mess with your...