The Kingmaker

Lauren Greenfield

United States of America


Lauren Greenfield


Lauren Greenfield


Shana Hagan

Lars Skree


Per K. Kirkegaard

Andrew Nackman


Frank Evers

Lauren Greenfield


Jocelyn Pook

Production Company

Showtime Documentary Films
Evergreen Pictures
Artemis Rising Foundation
Impact Partners
Secret Sauce Media


 Imelda Marcos
Bongbong Marcos
Benigno Aquino III
Leni Robredo
Andres D. Bautista
Etta Rosales

Total Running Time

100 Minutes


English, Tagalog



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 cautionary tale.

About the Director

Lauren Greenfield is a Boston-born photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. She holds a Bachelor’s  Degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University. She worked as a photojournalist based in Los Angeles and London and published work in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, the London Sunday Times Magazine, Fortune, Vanity Fair, LIFE, and other magazines. Her documentaries include The Queen of Versailles which won her the Best Documentary Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and, Generation Wealth which opened the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Festival and Awards

Official Selection, Out-of-Competition, 76th Venice Film Festival

Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival

Audience Award, Warsaw International Film Festival


“It’s a documentary that starts as a nonfiction portrait and ends as a horror movie.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone


“It’s an ugly story shrewdly told, with a sense of humor and also a deeper feeling for history.” -Manohla Dargis, NY Times


“…a jaw-dropping documentary in which director Lauren Greenfield exposes just how effective the wounded peacock has been in reshaping her status.” -Peter Debruge, Variety


“An enraging portrait of entitlement, opulence, and corruption, The Kingmaker starts as a profile of Imelda Marcos but soon widens its perspective to depict the Philippines in peril.” – Tim Grierson, Screendaily


“Lauren Greenfield has made a film that makes us remember why we as young adults fought the dictatorship. We lost and the Marcoses are back. It’s time for the next generation to step up.” – Patricio Abinales, Rappler


How can I watch?

Continued education and actions on Martial Law

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