The (Dis)Honesty Project asks participants to open up about deceit and morality for documentary feature film
What is the truth about lies? Is a white lie bad if the intentions are not malicious? Is it wrong to lie if we are rewarded for it?
As humans, it’s innate in our character to tell lies: small or large, intentional or mistaken. The (Dis)Honesty Project, a collaboration between Filmmaker Yael Melamede and behavioral economist Dan Ariely, will dissect the innate social behavior and explore how and why people tell lies.
The Truth Box, an interactive video confessional booth exhibition, invites participants to reveal the truth about a past lie on camera as part of the social experiment. The Box includes a curtain and private booth for attendees to record their confession on a computer, and they are encouraged to be as raw and honest as possible. Using the hashtag #shareyourlie, people have opened up about various topics in cities around the States.
The true story confession will be dissected to demonstrate the ways in which lies influence the economy, politics and human nature. The captured footage from the traveling booth will be included as a part of the multi-platform project. The creators aim to improve human behavior and ethics by breaking down the motivation behind our deceitful selves.
A documentary feature film is currently underway that will look at the measure to which people are aware of their dishonest actions, aiming to illustrate the consequences. In the film teaser, individuals discuss the inherent nature of lying in our culture, including ideas about Santa Claus to the purposeful wrongdoings associated with a stock trader’s career.
Purposefully, the project hopes to create a safe, comfortable environment for people to think about their last dishonest action and improve how we live as more truthful individuals.