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Ovarian Psycos
US, 2016, 72 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W161191
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.

The film Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ova’s, exploring the impact of the group’s activism, born of feminist ideals, Indigenous understanding and an urban/hood mentality, on neighborhood women and communities as they confront injustice, racism, and violence, and take back their streets one ride at a time.


Audience Award, Luststreifen, Queer Film Festival Basel
Audience Award, Portland Film Festival
People’s Choice Award, Rueda Film Festival
Prix Du Jury Graine De Cinéphage, Films De Femmes

  • SXSW
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  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • Frameline Film Festival
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    “Compelling portraits in grass-roots inspiration and female strength. The film is a natural for doc platforms with a political edge.”
    The Hollywood Reporter

    "...equal parts revolution and jubilation, showing that solidarity and strength in numbers are the best ways to protect your community while enacting progressive change."
    NBC News

    "Observational, inspirational, thought-provoking...always quite beautiful to look at."
    Robert Lloyd
    LA Times

    "Its stories highlight struggles for social mobility and access to the urban landscape, voice and selfactualization, and womynist-of-color activism."
    Transfers Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

    Video Librarian

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