The International Women’s Film Festival – The Real Matriarch; A family affair

St. John's International Women's Film FestivalThere was a full house at the Masonic Temple this evening for the screening of Rhonda Buckley’s third documentary, The Real Matriarch. For the matriarchs in attendance and the audience as a whole, it was truly a family affair.

The Real Matriarch, much like the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, is a celebration of just how far women have come in the arts. Four women: Lois Brown, Edythe Goodridge, Barbara Doran and Sara Sexton share their lives in this film. All four earning their place by being culturally inspired and strong willed (not to mention talented storytellers and part-time comedians).

Following the film, Barbara Doran, Sara Sexton, and filmmaker Rhonda Buckley answered audience questions in a panel discussion.

The informal talk ranged from what the women thought of their appearance on film to how the times have changed for emerging artists. Sexton, the mother of adored CODCO comedian Tommy Sexton, commented “I hope something I said will help someone along the way to overcome obstacles; as I have had many in my life.” The Real Matriarch had the audience in both guffaws and tears, and left them no confusion as to why Buckley was inspired to make this film.

With great food (too fancy for descriptions), engaging conversation and a superb film, the evening couldn’t be anything but a success.

If you missed this screening of The Real Matriarch, I’m told it’s set to air on CBC. You can still catch Barbara Doran’s Playing the Machines and Lois Brown’s Sweet Pickle on Friday at the Majestic Theatre. Also, closing this year’s festival, Rhonda Buckley is back as producer of Crackie, playing at the Arts and Culture Center on Saturday, 8PM.

Visit The St. John’s International Film Festival online for more information and a complete list of featured films. Become part of the community and take in some of these wonderful events. It continues until Saturday, October 24th.