I spoke with the film’s director, Yael Melamede, at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. She cited Errol Morris as an influence, particularly in dealing with the confessional aspects of people’s stories. I actually preferred (Dis)honesty to Morris’s work, since the latter too often strikes me as trying to make its subjects look ridiculous. Melamede said her first goal was to be “loyal to each person’s story” while condensing the material. She also discussed the film’s role in The Dishonesty Project, which includes educational programs designed to explain the research to students and encourage people to be more honest about their lies.
(Dis)honesty is both entertaining and educational. It is worth seeking out.
Kenneth R. Morefield (@kenmorefield) is an associate professor of English at Campbell University. He is the editor of Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volumes I, II, & III, and the founder of 1More Film Blog.