Sunday, May 24, 2009

Imelda - The Documentary

Okto channel showed the documentary on the former first lady of the Philippines - Imelda Marcos.

TODAY newspaper's introduction about the film is "Filmmaker Ramona Diaz's compelling and provocative new film, Imelda, which had its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and its North American premiere in official documentary competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival". Sounds like a good documentary, so I resisted the temptation to sleep and watched the film.

I must say it was a disappointment. The documentary didn't show the viewers anything new or interesting. It is only simply repeating things what people already know. Well, maybe the film maker provided Imelda an avenue to voice her own views, that's about all. The rest is still very much cliche, about her 1000 pairs of shoes, and a large collection of diamonds, clothes, etc.

This documentary is also far from objective or matter of fact. When the film discussed about the fall of Ferdinand Marcos, it left out one of the very important factors that caused his fall, that was the involvement of the Catholic church in the Philippines.

The only new maybe it does show how beautiful the First Lady was when she was young, and the film also provides a window to show how intelligent she is.

There is no such thing as absolute truth in this world, and truth is only true for people look at the events from the same angle. However, one thing we know is that her family is filthy rich while the rest of the people in the Philippines are filthy poor.

The documentary is also available at YouTube and below is its first part.

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