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(Dis)Honesty – The Truth about Lies


It’s human nature to lie; we all do it! From scandalous headlines to little white lies, (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies explores the complex impact dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society. Interweaving groundbreaking experiments from celebrated behavioral economist Dan Ariely with personal stories from individuals affected by the unraveling of their lies, Ariely and a team of scientists uncover our propensity to be dishonest—sometimes even unknowingly. What’s revealed is a fascinating look at the forces behind our collective behavior and the many truths behind lies.


  • Psychology Today
    The film also highlights that lying is very socially normative and culturally reinforced. From corporate scandals like Enron to steroid use in professional sports to political deception about torture, weapons of mass-destruction, and sexual behavior, lying is everywhere in mainstream media and culture.
    Cortney S. Warren PhD, ABPP
  • Video Librarian
    Filmmaker Yael Melamede’s fascinating documentary addresses public cheating and dishonesty, presenting the stories of several individuals caught lying, along with interesting research regarding human deceit and rationalization.
    Charles Cassady
  • New York Times
    Various bendings of the truth have among other things recently led us into war, crashed the economy, and allowed potentially catastrophic despoiling of the planet to continue more or less unchecked.
    Robin Pogrebin
  • IndieWire
    ...Better understand the road to dishonesty, cheating and corruption – and how winding, slippery and dangerous it can be.
    Elizabeth Logan
  • Variety
    Bestselling academic Dan Ariely is our guide through the science and psychology of fibbing in Yael Melamede's entertaining documentary.
    Dennis Harvey
  • New York Daily News
    Utterly Fascinating
    Joe Neumaier
  • The Hollywood Reporter
    A deep-think doc animated by the researcher at its center
    THR Staff
  • Forbes
    “(Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies” is not only an engaging exposé and somewhat cautionary tale, but also it shows that there is hope for us liars.
    Pamela Chelin
  • PBS
    Personal, confrontational and thought-provoking ; Smart, accessible film
    Tom Roston
  • The Cut
    A fascinating exploration of the current scientific research on the little things that nudge people into lying, cheating, and stealing
    Melissa Dahl
  • LA Times
    The enjoyable, relatable documentary (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies” takes a pointed look at the ways, big and small, that deceit infuses and often determines our life course.
    Gary Goldstein
  • The Joy of Movies (Canada)
    A fascinating glimpse into the surprisingly normal psychology behind fibbing, as well as the serious and economic effects that it can have on a larger scale
    John Corrado

Festival Participation

  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - 2015
  • Hot Docs International Film Festival - 2015
  • Montclair Film Festival - 2015
  • CPH:DOX - 2016
  • Docville Film Festival - 2016
  • Sedona Film Festival - 2016

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