Thursday, June 9, 2016
Ovarian Psychos (2016)Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016
I am divided about this film. To be honest I am completely aware that I am the wrong audience for this film. I am most decidedly not a young woman of color but I sense that if I were I would be thrilled that the film reflected a life where anything was possible and where one could hopefully find the strength to overcome the abuse and stigmas foisted upon them by society. If you are a young woman like the ones who are members of the group this film is an absolute must see.
On the other hand I don’t think the film completely works past a certain point. Yes the film explains who the Psychos are, why they were founded, the lives of the women before and after, but after a while the film kind of sputters. There is a sameness to some of it. While we do get to see the women and the changes the group brings in them and their world, I’m not sure it’s enough to sustain the films 75 minute run time. This would be an excellent 60 Minutes piece.
Forgive me I feel bad not liking the film more. I feel like not liking the film will be taken to mean I don’t like the group- which isn’t the case. Its more I think what these women are doing is really cool, I just wish that they had someone who could have put the film together so that it revealed their greatness to the whole world and not to a select audience.