April 22 29, 2020
April 2229, 2020


independent film festival boston

IFFBoston Fall Focus 2019

Brattle Theatre

$13 General Admission
$11 IFFBoston & Brattle members, students, and seniors*

*Limited to one ticket per screening per membership card or Student ID. Tickets bought online must be verified with your valid membership card/ID at time of pick up at the Brattle Box Office. Member discount cannot be combined with other offers.

IFFBoston members get priority seating for all Fall Focus screenings.

Director Lauren Greenfield will appear via Skype for a Q&A after the screening.

Imelda Marcos became First Lady of the Philippines in 1965 and still lives as if she possesses the role. During her husband Ferdinand Marcos’ two decades as president, she was frequently the country’s chief diplomat, sent abroad to meet everyone from Chairman Mao to President Reagan. Eventually, the Marcoses were ousted in 1986 under a cloud of scandal, accused of amassing billions of dollars while much of their country was impoverished as a result. Filipino protestors who swarmed triumphantly into the abandoned presidential palace discovered luxury goods in endless quantities, most famously Imelda’s thousands of designer shoes.

Documentarian Lauren Greenfield has a long career chronicling the extremes of wealth in photographs and films including THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (IFFBoston 2012 Closing Night Film) and GENERATION WEALTH (IFFBoston 2018). Imelda Marcos is a natural subject for her, only with a darker and political side.

THE KINGMAKER begins in 2014 when Imelda is in her eighties, looking to restore her family back to power through her son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, running for the vice presidency. The film weaves together past and present. Imelda is unshaken believing in her own righteousness. She defiantly poses for Greenfield’s camera in a cavernous room stacked with documents from lawsuits. Her view of the world is contrasted with her opponents who testify to the Marcos regime’s corruption and violence.

Over the course of filming, the Philippines elects President Rodrigo Duterte, who’s been widely criticized for human rights abuses. But he and Imelda appear to have aligned interests. Whatever has been thrown against her, she has withstood. The modern history of the Philippines is inextricably bound with the legacy of this kingmaker.

—Thom Powers, Toronto International Film Festival

Screening Supported by GlobeDocs Film Festival

Screening Supported by The DocYard

100 min.

Directed by:
Lauren Greenfield

Sunday, November 35:45Brattle Theatre40 Brattle Street
Harvard Square

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