The Kingmaker Has Been Banned in Parts of Thailand. Here's Why

The title and posters of the Lauren Greenfield documentary have been deemed inappropriate.

The Kingmaker, Lauren Greenfield's documentary on Imelda Marcos, has been banned in parts of Thailand. A documentary club that was planning to screen the film over the weekend wasn't allowed by authorities.

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When the documentary club initially applied for the screening, The Kingmaker was rated general by officials. As of this writing, however, the documentary has been playing in Bangkok as well as other parts of the country for the past six weeks.

The Bangkok Post reports that now officials have deemed the title and posters as "inappropriate," adding that, they were "not comfortable" with it being screened given the current situation in the country.

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As early as February, several protests against the prime minister were triggered after the dissolution of a pro-democracy political party. It gained even more traction in July as student groups called for the end of the monarchy during the king's birthday. The most recent protest gathered over 10,000 demonstrators—the largest since a coup in 2014.

Back in March, while Thailand was experiencing a rapid number of coronavirus cases, it was reported that Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn was self-isolating in Germany. According to the New York Post, he and his entourage of 20 women allegedly booked a whole hotel floor.

In case you didn't know, you can watch The Kingmaker on iWant for free right now. Check out the trailer for the gripping documentary below.


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