Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — American-made documentary “The Kingmaker” has been banned from screening to audiences in the South of Thailand.
The film, about the life of infamous political wife Imelda Marcos, was written and directed by Lauren Greenfield. It debuted at the Venice and Telluride festivals a year ago, before going on to a decent festival career with stops at the Mill Valley, London, Stockholm, El Gouna, Chicago and Hamptons events.
It has played for several weeks in specialized release in the North of Thailand and in Bangkok. But Thida Polpalitkarnpim, founder of the Documentary Club, was told by authorities that screenings in the South cannot go ahead.
The film chronicles Marcos’ extraordinary corruption, greed and brutality, and behind the scenes influence that helped her husband Ferdinand Marcos’ regime. It also tackles her desire to restore her family to past glory, notably through her son.
Polpalitkarnpim said in a Facebook posting that Thai authorities told her they objected to the title of the film and to its poster, not its content.
The South of Thailand, which has a significant Muslim population, has been in a state of simmering insurrection for several years. Now other parts of Thailand are also having … — Patrick Frater/@Variety