The Kingmaker


2020 Season

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 fairy tale.

Lauren Greenfield
Country of Production: 
United States
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Lauren Greenfield

Named by the New York Times as “America’s foremost visual chronicler of the plutocracy,” Emmy-award-winning filmmaker/photographer Lauren Greenfield has produced groundbreaking work on consumerism, youth culture and gender for the last 25 years.
Her documentaries Thin, The Queen of Versailles and Generation Wealth, and photography books Fast Forward, Girl Culture, Thin and Generation Wealth have been screened, published, and exhibited around the world where they have provoked international dialogue about some of the most important issues of our time. The Queen of Versailles won her the Best Documentary Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was named by Vogue as one of the top documentaries of all time. Her viral ad, #LikeAGirl, swept commercial awards, including 14 Cannes Lions (2015), was named 3rd Best Ad of the Decade, and earned Greenfield the #1 Director/ Most Awarded Director by AdAge, the first woman to top this list.