small lies, Big Truth

Shelly Silver

1999, 18:48 minutes, colour, English, Japanese subtitles


In turn funny, disturbing and glisteningly sensual, small lies, Big Truth is a video about love, relationships and the joys and banality of sex in the late 20th century. It also touches on such issues as morality, voyeurism, nature vs. culture and power, as eight people are heard reading, in the first person, from the testimony of Monica S. Lewinsky and William Jefferson Clinton as published in the Starr Report.

These four couples include:

an older man & a younger woman,
Bill Raymond & Tracy Leipold;

an older woman and a younger man,
Joan Jonas & Ken Kobland;

an older man and a younger man,
Rodney Evans & David Watson;

a younger woman and an older woman,
Simin Farkhondeh & Kathy High.

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