January 30, 2020 - 6:30 pm
Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, Lauren Greenfield’s new documentary “The Kingmaker” examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines.
The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda’s comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.
“From her very first simper, I was hooked. Some see Imelda as one of the world’s greatest villains. After this tour of her closet, that shoe fits.” —London Evening Standard