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How dangerous can a president be? This film has answers

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Director Lauren Greenfield discusses her documentary "The Kingmaker," about the controversial former first lady of the Philippines, and why it "wasn’t a wealth story like anything I’ve done before."
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“This wasn’t a wealth story like anything I’ve done before,” said director Lauren Greenfield of her film about the controversial former first lady of the Philippines. “It wasn’t wealth for materialism or showing off — it was wealth for power and admiration. She loves the people loving her.”

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