Despite earlier claims that she had cooperated with the filmmakers, she now states the film’s interviews were inaccurate and had been conducted under false pretences. [Her] lawyer, Vic Alvaro, said Marcos had not given permission for the film producer, New York-based Filipino Ramona Diaz, to make a movie out of the interviews she gave 10 years ago.
Imelda, Ramona Diaz’s documentary that won kudos and a cinematography prize at Sundance and was described in the NY Times as “a devastating portrait of how power begets self delusion,” is having a hard time getting screened in the Philippines. The well-heeled onetime first lady of the land and the subject of the doc, Imelda Marcos, posted a $1,780 bond to stop an advance screening and the public release of the film while a court deliberates on whether to ban it altogether. In her petition, Marcos said the film, which documents her rise from beauty queen to dictator’s power wife, would cause her “extreme and irreparable injury and injustice” and violate her right to privacy. (reuters, latimes)