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Ovarian Psycos

Meet the Ovarian Psycos: an East LA bold and unapologetic Riot-Grrrl-meets-Zapatista bike brigade of women of colour.

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Dir-Prod Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle
USA 2016
72min
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These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

Maryann Aguirre, Documentary Subject; Anocha Suwichakornpong, Director

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‘Ovaries so big we don’t need fucking balls.’ A clear warning that you don’t mess with the Ovarian Psycos. A hybrid mix of Riot Grrrl and Zapatista, this fierce crew of women of colour from East LA use their bikes as a symbol of independence, rallying women from their neighbourhood to fight against daily prejudices. In this intimate documentary, directors Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle draw an affectionate portrait of three Ovas members: Xela de la X, a tough but vulnerable single mother struggling to keep the balance between her activism and caring for her young daughter; Andi, a street artist estranged from her family, and Evie, a young recruit transforming from body-conscious girl to empowered woman. The gliding shots of the Ovas, with black bandanas tied across their faces, riding en masse through the streets of LA are exhilarating. It’s an invitation to howl at the full moon in solidarity.

Laure Bonville


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