The Kingmaker

Film - Documentary | October 6 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Dubbed “Marie Antoinette with shoes,” Imelda Marcos was the first lady of the Philippines for twenty-one years, notorious for her lavish lifestyle while her country sank into unrest and economic turmoil. She and her husband Ferdinand amassed a fortune in the billions before they were forced into exile during the 1986 revolution. Director Lauren Greenfield first featured Marcos in her book Generation Wealth, a photographic exploration of late capitalism. Now she offers an unvarnished portrait of Marcos today, having returned to politics in the Philippines despite her past. We see Marcos in her lavish home adorned with Picasso paintings and also on a visit to a children’s cancer ward, where she asks her assistant for cash to hand out. Greenfield exhibits the same tender but objective approach she honed in her award-winning The Queen of Versailles, never shying away from those most critical of the Marcos regime, including activists who were tortured and imprisoned during martial law.

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