We will be screening Ovarian Psycos, holding a Q&A with Xela de la X, and enjoying a live performance (https://cihuatlce.com/).
About Ovarian Psycos (2016): 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.
Ovarian Psycos is a co-production of Sylvia Frances Films and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEH. Completed with the support of WMM’s Production Assistance Program. Additional Funding was provided by Pacific Pioneer Fund. Ovarian Psycos is produced by Sylvia Frances Films who is solely responsible for its content.
About the music: Cihuatl Ce has been spitting truth to power in the form of politically charged feminist inspired, urban indigenous hip-hop for the past decade. Sharing the stage with underground hip hop heavies such as Dead Prez, Bambu, Broadcast Live, Olmeca, Invincible -to name a few- her high energy performances have won her dedicated support base across the globe. She currently tours in support of her latest album, *FEMI9mm: The Fury of a Wombyn, *released early 2012.
Cihuatl’s reach is not confined solely to the lyrical realm of resistance. For the past 15 years she has been a fervent youth advocate and community organizer. In 2010 she founded the first all womyn of color cycling collective Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade and helped to increase womyn ridership with such landmark events such as LA’s first ever Clitoral Mass attended by close to 300 womyn as well as other rides that address the health disparities specific to womyn of color and at risk communities.
As a mother driven to reach young women with a message of hope, rebellion, and defiance against relics of tradition and patriarchy, Cihuatl Ce is committed to bringing consciousness beyond just the music, unapologetically creating change and leaving fans and casualties in her wake.
Ovarian Psycos Screening and Live Music
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY