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The Kingmaker

Lauren Greenfield

Former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos – she of the sensational shoe shopping habit – is the fascinating subject of Lauren Greenfield’s (The Queen of Versailles) jaw-dropping new documentary. During her equally kleptocratic husband Ferdinand’s 21-year presidential term, Marcos bought up shoes, shops, skyscrapers and generally delighted in spending as much money as possible.

"A fascinating documentary exploring the intimate corruptibility of extreme wealth..."

Along with Ferdinand, she is widely considered one of the greatest plunderers in history, stockpiling assets of an estimated $5–10 billion from the Filipino people. Yet despite their breathtaking corruption and the vile brutality of her husband’s regime, she hopes to become the country’s matriarch once more as her son, Bongbong, makes a bid for the vice-presidency.

The Kingmaker is a fascinating documentary exploring the intimate corruptibility of extreme wealth – here depicting someone with a seemingly inextinguishable hunger not just for money or things, but for power and legacy too.