US, 2016, 72 min, English OV
Directed by: Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle
with protagonist N.N. (via Videostream), Ines & Lisi (queerfeministisches Kollektiv kl.aus), and others
queer-Referat der ÖH Uni Graz
Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. At the helm of the crew is founder Xela de la X, a single mother and poet M.C. dedicated to recruiting an unapologetic, misfit crew of women of color. The film intimately chronicles Xela as she struggles to strike a balance between her activism and nine year old daughter Yoli; street artist Andi who is estranged from her family and journeys to become a leader within the crew; and bright eyed recruit Evie, who despite poverty, and the concerns of her protective Salvadoran mother, discovers a newfound confidence.
Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ovas, exploring the impact of the group’s activism on their communities as they confront injustice, racism, and violence. Born of feminist ideals, Indigenous understanding and an urban/hood mentality the Ovas take back their streets. Join the ride!
Audience Award, Portland Film Festival
People’s Choice Award, Rueda Film Festival
Prix Du Jury Graine De Cinéphage, Films De Femmes