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The Kingmaker (2019)The Kingmaker (2019)

The Kingmaker (2019)

A revealing documentary about the Philippines' darkest era

Crime, Documentary, Drama

7.5

movie

Denmark, Philippines

English, Tagalog

Discussion-sparking, True-story-based

2019

Female director, Lauren Greenfield

Andres D. Bautista, Benigno Aquino III, Bongbong Marcos

100 min

Synopsis

Documentary centering on the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose behind-the-scenes influence of her husband Ferdinand's presidency rocketed her to the global political stage.

Our Take

7.5
Renee Cuisia

There is no shortage of resources—be it books, films, articles, or interviews—about the atrocities Ferdinand Marcos unleashed on the Philippines. And yet, in the years since his exile and eventual death, his family has returned to power in the country, winning the hearts and (manipulated) minds of the masses.

In The Kingmaker, director Lauren Greenfield (who earlier directed the equally revealing The Queen of Versailles) exposes how this came to be, with a focus on the titular kingmaker herself, Imelda Marcos. It’s chilling how much of Imelda’s stated goals in this documentary, which spans five years, have come true. History repeats itself, and Greenfield skillfully and delicately captures the delusion, irony, and blatant corruption of a family dead set on owning a country, as if it were another luxury to purchase (or in the case of the Marcoses, pocket). 

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