(SPOT.ph) Imelda Marcos is one that’s hard to miss or forget—vibrant ternos, the red cheeks, and the pulled-back hair. The trailer dropped for documentary The Kingmaker in 2019 and it is quite the collection of quotes from the former first lady. If you’ve been meaning to catch the film, the University of the Philippines - Diliman Film Institute is screening The Kingmaker at the Cine Adarna on January 29, 7 p.m.
Emmy-award winning filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield zeroes in on Imelda, the wife of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The documentary highlights her affinity for expensive collections, and even more extravagant plans for the Philippines. Interviews with the former first lady are sandwiched between old footage and accounts from victims during Martial Law. The documentary was awarded the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards, and has been screened at the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and London Film Festival.
The Januray 29 screening also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the First Quarter Storm, a pivotal moment in Philippine history when student leaders took to the streets to protest against then president Ferdinand, which later prompted the declaration of Martial Law in 1972. Tickets are priced at P200 and can be purchased at the UP Film Center ticket booth.
For more information, visit the UP Film Institute's Facebook page.