I was able to see the Ovarian Psycos documentary last night at the Frameline Film Festival (SF’s international LGBTQ film festival). It was well done and the Ovarian Psycos are a bad-ass feminist bicycle brigade. The film also left me feeling very triggered around my inner turmoil re: race and class, and I get the feeling that was part of their intention.
I’m particularly intrigued by the fact that the film about this all POC group was made by two white women, and that initially the Ovas were very against having a film made about them by white people. (They eventually changed their minds because no one else was stepping up.) I think about that question a lot — what does it mean that to be a white filmmaker telling stories about non-white communities? How can you do it in the least problematic way? CAN you do it in a non-problematic way? (I don’t think so.)
But they still worked together to do it.
I had a feeling I’d be able to find an interview where the Ovas tackle the race thing head-on. And sure enough, an article was easy to find. Particularly relevant in this article is ‘On How the Doc Came to Be,’ ‘On the Doc’s Greatest Challenge’ and ‘On Gentrification.’ They have really strong feelings about this, and I’m still grappling with it.
I’m really curious how the Ovas and the filmmakers built the trust that made space for this film to happen after all.