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Doc Club online: The Kingmaker

Doc Club online: The Kingmaker

Our film programme is going online! We are inviting you to watch The Kingmaker via the BFI Player and then join us for a Facebook Live Q&A on the Creative Folkestone page.

Centred 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.

Watch the trailer here

The former first lady of the Philippines is revealed as a monstrous, loathsome, absurdly queenly figure in Lauren Greenfield’s superb documentary. Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian

To watch the film ahead of the Facebook Live Q&A you can rent it via the BFI Player

Join us for a Facebook live Q&A on the Creative Folkestone page with Larushka Ivan-Zadeh and Charlie Phillips. The Q&A will start at 9.10pm so we recommend you should start watching the film at 7.30pm

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh is the chief film critic of the Metro newspaper and a director of the Deal Film Festival. Larushka will host the Q&A.

Charlie Phillips is The Guardian’s Head of Video, where he oversees the commissioning of all video. Previously, he was the Deputy Director for Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the top three documentary festivals and markets in the world. Charlie is also a key part of the advisory board for the inaugural Folkestone Documentary Festival.

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