Lauren Greenfield’s docfilm THE KINGMAKER is a jaw-dropping, absorbing look of the life and legacy of IMELDA MARCOS and the Marcos family’s troubled history
By Oliver Carnay
Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, 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 cautionary tale.
THE KINGMAKER will open on Friday, November 8th in NY at the Landmark Quad and in LA at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles