Surely, one of the most fascinating people in the Philippines has got to be the former first lady herself, Imelda Marcos. I was able to catch this through the invitation of a fellow film reviewer way back in 2004. The film Imelda was directed by Ramona S. Diaz who followed Imelda Marcos for a month and was able to interview from children, Imee and Bongbong (Ferdinand Marcos. Jr.)
The documentary was quite interesting. For one, it feels like invading the former first lady’s innermost thoughts. It’s funny at some point because for some reason, her responses kinda seemed scripted – but for the most parts – it’s rather surprising to see her being so blunt in answering a lot of controversial questions especially about the “human rights violations” that transpired during the Marcos regime. It was also interesting to note that her view in dressing up was to actually provide positivity to “her” people. Can I just also say how the archives used in the film brought something back – like how prestigious the Philippines was during her time as the first lady. I mean, seriously – no offense meant about being shallow and all about the prestige or similar thought but at that time, Imelda was representing the Philippines in such a light that we almost feel like a superpower nation but alas, history would speak for itself.
Director: Ramona S. Diaz
Starring: Imelda Marcos, Imee Marcos, Ferdinand Maros, Jr.