Dec. 4, 2011
A Noble Lie: Oklahoma City 1995
I just sat down last night with my husband to watch the new documentary, A NOBLE LIE: Oklahoma City 1995. I mention my husband because I purposely waited to watch the film with him, because I wanted the grounding of a relatively disinterested third party alongside me when watching the film for the first time. My rational husband is not taken to to ascribing more sinister motivations to the unfortunate events of the day without warrant. I, on the other hand, am close enough to this subject and the film as a project, as to perhaps, not be so unbiased.
A Noble Lie is the debut documentary Free Mind Films and these guys exceeded even my high expectations. My husband and I both agreed that the content of the film stuck admirably to the most damning and documentable facts bringing them them together in a fair and compelling manner that does justice to memory of the victims, survivors and independent investigators of the OKC bombing. I asked my husband if he would recommend this movie to his father who worked as a first responder at the scene of the tragedy, and he unhesitatingly replied “yes”.
We both appreciated the respect that the filmmakers afford to the intelligence of the viewer. The narrative carries you through the story in a way that progresses naturally avoiding the common and off putting mistake often made by artists of this genre, of forcing the viewer further out in their conclusions than simple logic compels. At the same time A Noble Lie also manages to touch upon some the more intriguing, less well known and more difficult to fit pieces of the puzzle without distracting from the solidity of the movie. The film comes complete with an extensive bibliography so that you can fact check the sources and hopefully, even do some further research on your own.
Rather than compelling by sensationalizing, this film is compelling because of its clarity. A Noble Lie never stoops-it simply presents. Step by step, clearly and factually, this documentary demonstrates that the story we have been asked to accept, is simply untrue adding newly uncovered information that builds upon what is already known. If before you merely suspected that we have all been shortchanged and the deaths of those murdered that day on April 19th 1995 have not been served the justice, after watching A Noble Lie you will be certain of it.
A Noble Lie lets us catch up with some of those that for so many years have refused to turn away from the uncomfortable facts surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing, those who have not been deterred from seeking the truth and continue to hold our government officials to account. It provides the basis for keeping those noble efforts alive and provides the impetuous for a new generation to keep pushing for justice.
Through interviews with those who still carry the pain and questions of the Oklahoma City bombing with them every day, we realize that what bombing survivor V.Z. Lawton repeatedly reminds us of is absolutely true-that without truth, there is no justice.
I don’t know if justice will ever be served to all of those responsible for Oklahoma City bombing but A Noble Lie certainly does justice to those whose lives are forever changed by the tragedy.
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