RIDM to Open with ‘Disappearance of My Mother’, Close with ‘Drag Kids’


By Pat Mullen

The 2019 Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) will open with the Quebec premiere of Beniamino Barrese’s The Disappearance of My Mother. The news comes today via a release from the festival. The acclaimed film, which previously played at festivals such as Sundance and Hot Docs, offers a portrait of Barrese’s mother, model and activist Benedetta Barzini. POV’s Jason Gorber called it, “a warm look at a fascinating character, but more than that, it’s a film that consistently interrogates its entire reason for being and consistently buts up against a subject’s desire to no longer be an object of focus.”

The Disappearance of My Mother will kick off RIDM on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m with a screening featuring both Barrese and Barzini in attendance. It will be preceded by the short film Nitrate by Yousra Benziane.

RIDM will close its 2019 festival with the Quebec premiere of Megan Wennberg’s Drag Kids. The crowd-pleaser profiles several young Canadians who enjoying performing in drag. The film’s screening will be attended by Wennberg and one of the film’s subjects. Covering the film at Hot Docs, Maurie Alioff said Drag Kids “offers a rare glimpse into an unusual world that has received scant attention.”

RIDM will announced additional programming in the coming weeks. The festival runs November 14 to 24.