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Forbidden Lie$ (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 3 April 2009 (USA)
A dramatized documentary investigating accusations that "Forbidden Love" author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.


Anna Broinowski


Anna Broinowski
4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Norma Khouri Norma Khouri ... Herself - The Artist
Malcolm Knox Malcolm Knox ... Himself - The Press
Rana Husseini Rana Husseini ... Herself - The Press
Caroline Overington Caroline Overington ... Herself - The Press
Jon Yates Jon Yates ... Himself - The Press
Ed Torian Ed Torian ... Himself - The Law
Frank Bochte Frank Bochte ... Himself - The Law
Dawn Lawkowski Dawn Lawkowski ... Herself - The Law
Rachel Richardson Rachel Richardson ... Herself - The Fan
Kara Elliot Kara Elliot ... Herself - The Fan
Maree Elliot Maree Elliot ... Herself - The Fan
John Toliopoulos John Toliopoulos ... Himself - The Clan
Majid Bagain Majid Bagain ... Himself - The Clan
Asma Bagain Asma Bagain ... Herself - The Clan
Cousin Faris Cousin Faris ... Himself - The Clan


A dramatized documentary investigating accusations that "Forbidden Love" author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The artist. The con. The unbelievable truth. See more »


Documentary | Drama


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English | Arabic

Release Date:

3 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Lies See more »


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Dolby Digital


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Best documentary I have ever seen. Excepting Burden of Dreams
17 October 2009 | by milesdigbySee all my reviews

This film is a great fun. I recommend you watch it yourself and then watch it again with your friends. I did last night and it was fascinating how well Norma Khouri could pull everybody into her world! I did feel a little bit strange watching my friends go through the same roller coaster as I did the first time. But they all thanked me and loved the movie. You know it is a great film if you spend 2 hours after the film talking about the movie!

I once saw a con man almost up toNorma Khouri's level, but no where near the same size ring. He fooledtons of very gullible and rich folks at my old Berkeley CA A.A. group where everyone trusts everyone else. He would "sponsor" only people who seemed very well to do. Who knew he would have stolen in excess of 100k(in 1987 when that was real money) after being in town for only 1 month. His victims were very fragile as they were in their first month or week of being sober. He was evil with a great laugh and a great smile on his face.

The above crime is nothing compared to what Norma Khouri did to her old neighbor. But I don't want to give anything away.

I just found this one night on a late night movie channel,"Showtim" I think. This is always a movie fans greatest experience to be totally tricked into seeing something and having your mind blown. Just drag your friends over to see this and don't tell them a thing. It is a very entertaining film, it moves quickly and never bores you.

This should be a international classic for all time. I believe all great movies eventually rise to the top. Time will be very good to this film. I am just sorry no one has heard of it yet,in some ways that makes the surprises even better.

The director and editor were fantastic. They deserved winning the best documentary.


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