• Ovarian Psycos

In East Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos are not only a bike crew, they are a new generation of women of color building a movement.

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The Ovarian Psycos gear up and ride out into the night, fanning out in pairs of two, four, and six. In constant motion, cruising up and down the storied streets of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, and Lincoln Heights, they call out to new riders to join them in a journey through the neighborhood. “Whose streets? Our streets!”

Since forming in the summer of 2011 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, and creating safer streets for women on the Eastside. At first only attracting a few local women, over the past few years the Ovarian Psycos have inspired a ferocious and unapologetic crowd of local heroines who are a visible force along the barrios and boulevards of Los Angeles.  Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ova’s, exploring the impact of the group’s brand of feminism on neighborhood women and communities as they confront the violence in their lives.

DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY Joanna Sokolowski & Kate Trumbull-LaValle

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY: ITVS Diversity Development Fund, Pacific Pioneer Fund, California Council for the Humanities California Documentary Project grant.