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Ovarian Psycos | Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017
February 19, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+11
Ovarian Psycos | Sun 19 Feb 7.15pm, Event Cinemas George Street | TIX: bit.ly/2hLQ5y9
At night The Ovarian Psycos, a crew of cycling, feminist women of colour, regularly hit the streets of Los Angeles’ Eastside. They are determined to take back control. They’re determined to feel safe in the hood. They demand an end to the violence that confronts women every day. The only safe place they have is the one they provide for each other.
We meet three of the crew who, when explaining why they hit the streets, take the opportunity to thoughtfully consider their own motives. Single mother, poet MC and the group’s founder, Xela, fears for her 9-year-old daughter’s safety – while at same time questioning if her activism is harming their relationship. Meanwhile street artist Andi is replacing her estranged family with the crew and transforming into a leader of the women. Young newcomer Evie, facing poverty and an overprotective mother at home, finds freedom and confidence cycling with the crew.
Made by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle, Ovarian Psycos screened at Frameline, SXSW, Hot Docs and the Human Rights Watch film festivals. Tackling themes around abuse, racism, injustice and violence, it is one hell of an empowering ride.
“The personalities are vivid and the filmmaking is both mournful and exuberant, capturing these streets, their stories, and their world.” – Flavorwire
“Offbeat subject and feminist themes should make this documentary.” – Variety
“A concise and intimate documentary.” – Hollywood Reporter
Contains discussions of trauma and sexual abuse
Presented with: FBI Radio & Women in the Arts