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Active Vista presents films on the frontlines that speak truth to power. These films banner the most relevant issues of our times, inviting us to look closer and beyond the headlines, and examine the social architecture and infrastructures that enable the horrors that haunt our nation.


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 fairy tale.

Festivals & Awards:

- Winner, Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary, Critics' Choice Documentary Awards 2019, United States

- Winner, Audience Award for Documentary, Warsaw International Film Festival 2019, Poland

About the Filmmaker:

Lauren Greenfield, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker/photographer hailed as the “America’s foremost visual chronicler of the plutocracy” by the New York Times, is known for her groundbreaking work on consumerism, youth culture, and gender. For the past 25 years of her career as a filmmaker, she was able to spark international dialogue about some of the most important issues of our time through her films such as Generation Wealth, The Queen of Versailles, and Thin, and photography books Generation Wealth, Fast Forward, and Girl Culture.

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    101 minutes
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    Lauren Greenfield