The critically acclaimed and much talked about documentary about former First Lady Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield, is now available for streaming on iWant starting Saturday, August 1. "The film was first screened in the country at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay last January.
In the 100-minute documentary, a camera follows and interviews the former First Lady as she goes around the city of Manila and looks back at the legacy of the Marcos regime as well as discussing the Marcoses’ attempt to return to power in the Philippines.
In The Kingmaker, Imelda shared stories of growing up in the province and her childhood as well as her whirlwind affair with the then congressman Ferdinand Marcos. “I had a beautiful and very happy childhood until I was eight years old. But when I lost my mother it seemed like I lost everything. Being orphaned from my mother and left with nothing, I was always looking for someone to love me. This created my character.
“When there was this Miss Universe contest, I went to Manila and they made me Miss Manila. And that’s how Marcos became aware there was an Imelda in Manila. When I met Ferdinand Marcos who was a congressman, in the first 20 minutes, he proposed marriage. I realized maybe this is the love, the mothering that I am waiting for. So in 11 days, we got married. I was lucky to have a husband and a mother too.”
In the documentary, Imelda also admitted her initial reluctance to get into politics after getting married. “I was brought to a hospital in New York because I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. And the doctor said, ‘There’s nothing wrong with her She does not like politics, only.’ Then Marcos answered, ‘If that’s the case, then right now, I quit politics.’ When I heard that and I knew he wanted to become president so he can maximize his wealth and talent, then I said to myself, ‘Shame on you, Imelda. Here is one man who’s going to give up everything for you.’ I had to get a psychologist to say how lucky I am honored to cut ribbons, how lucky I am that I’m invited here, how lucky I am that people come to my house. Eventually, I believed it. And before I knew it, I was really lucky and happy. I was completely different after that,” she admitted.
The Kingmaker has already made the rounds of prestigious film festivals all over the world as well as winning multiple awards including Critics' Choice Nominations, a Writers Guild Nomination, and the Critics' Choice honor for the "Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary." Watch The Kingmaker for free on iWant.ph.