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Jordanian-born author Norma Khouri scored an international success with Honor Lost (2003), a nonfiction account of how of her best friend, a young Muslim woman, was murdered by male kinsmen for a having a secret boyfriend. Her tale soon unraveled under journalistic scrutiny, but Khouri stood her ground, even after her publisher bailed and her past as a con artist in Chicago came to light. Director Anna Broinowski follows the tireless fabulist to Jordan, less to debunk the book than to capture a talented and amoral monster in full flight. Both repulsive and riveting, this 2007 Australian documentary is larded with stylistic gimmickry meant to provoke deep thought about the nature of truth, its relationship to storytelling, etc. Just go for the freak show. 103 min.

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