Ovarian Psycos + Mama Agatha
Director Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle
Editor Victoria Chalk
Sound Jimmy LaValle (composer)
Cinematography Michael Raines
Screening as part of the New Zealand Bicycle Film Festival (NZBFF).
Ovarian Psycos features a fierce and unapologetic crowd of cycling women have become a force for change in the violent neighbourhoods of Eastside Los Angeles.
Since forming in the summer of 2010 by activist, poet M.C., and single mother, Xela de la X, the Ova’s have made it their mission to cycle for the purpose of healing, reclaiming their neighborhoods by creating safer streets for women. At first only attracting a few local women, over the past few years the Ovarian Psycos have inspired a crowd of local heroines who are a visible force along the barrios and boulevards of Los Angeles. Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ovas, exploring the impact of the group’s brand of feminism on neighborhood women and communities as they confront the violence in their lives.
Screens with the short film Mama Agatha (Fadi Hindash, Netherlands, 2015, 16 min).
Once a week, a group of migrant and refugee women in Amsterdam learn how to ride a bicycle. Inspiring them to let go of the fear and get behind the wheels is Mama Agatha. Mama Agatha, a 59-year-old Ghanaian woman with the spirit of a 20-year-old, runs bicycle classes in the colorful Southeast district with a large population of people from Africa and the Middle East. With the help of her bicycle training assistants, Mama Agatha (Agartha Frimpong) has taught nearly 1000 women to find their way into a new society – on two wheels.
Cycle to the movies and lock your bike indoors – we have stands to rest your two-tyred transport.