new imelda documentary

Emmy award nominated American filmmaker Lauren Greenfield spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about her new Imelda documentary “The Kingmaker”, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.



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The film features former Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos.

Setting the tone of the film, the 90 year old Marcos told Greenfield that “perception is real and the truth is not.”

The movie follows Marcos around the Philippines, and interviews family and friends as well as political adversaries and victims of the Martial Law years under her husband’s presidency.

The Hollywood Reporter calls the movie a riveting expose of Philippine politics, and how the Marcos family had managed to return to power after the People Power Revolution which saw them flee the Philippines for the United States.



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Greenfield told the Hollywood Reporter that she saw a clear repetition of history with Marcos returning to the Philippines and being elected to public office.

Earlier on, political opponents ridiculed the idea of Marcos returning to the Philippines, much less getting enough support to hold public office.



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Greenfield compared it to Donald Trump’s unexpected rise to the American presidency.

Today Marcos and a two of her children are elected officials.

Greenfield said that Marcos “was incredibly difficult in some ways and in some ways she was incredibly giving. She speaks her mind. Maybe it’s being a celebrity; maybe it’s being a former head of state; maybe it’s just being Imelda — but she does exactly what she wants to do.”

The film currently has no release date for the Philippines.




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