Lauren Greenfield’s documentary opens with a well-dressed elderly woman riding through town, doling out money to the impoverished citizens she passes along the way. This is the Imelda Marcos the Filipino politician and former first lady wants you to know, a kind, beautiful mother figure who’s been wrongly maligned since she was forced into exile with her family in 1986. The reality is much more diabolical, but as Imelda herself later says, “Perception is real, and the truth is not.” The Kingmaker is a fascinating portrait of one of the world’s most prolific spin doctors. Greenfield juxtaposes Imelda’s unfathomably pristine picture of her husband Ferdinand’s reign as prime minister with firsthand accounts of the couples’ staggering greed and corruption, including testimony from several survivors among the thousands brutalized, kidnapped, and murdered during the long period Ferdinand Marcos implemented martial law. Most frightening of all might be that even at age 90, Imelda Marcos can’t drop her lust for power; the film documents her nurturing her son Bongbong’s 2016 vice presidential campaign while also fueling the rise of the Philippines’ autocratic president Rodrigo Duterte.