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UnderDocs Presents: THE KINGMAKER
February 27 @ 19:45 - 22:00
UnderDocs Presents: THE KINGMAKER d. Lauren Greenfield, 2019 at Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (27 FEB 19:45):
Join us for the inaugural film in our new non-fiction strand, celebrating fabulous, lesser-known documentaries on the big screen.
In THE KINGMAKER, filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (PALACE OF VERSAILLES) examines the startling, controversial history of the former First Lady of the Philippines: a widow hell-bent on making a come-back.
An absurdly wealthy matriarch of a family exiled in 1986 for larceny, Imelda Marcos initially cuts a laughable figure as she hands out wads of cash to children and waxes lyrical about her personal petting zoo for African safari animals. But, giving Marcos just enough rope to hang herself with, Lauren Greenfield skilfully inter-cuts Marcos’ bizarre “maternalism” and self-pity with counter narratives of murder, torture and corruption.
This is angry, impassioned film-making at its best. Prepare to be horrified.