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8 Ratings

Mala Mala

United States, 2014


Exploring the lives of young Puerto Ricans in the trans community, Mala Mala captures the relationship between cultural life in one of the only colonized territories still governed by the United States and the experience of citizens who themselves inhabit deeply dualistic identities.

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Mala Mala Directed by Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles

Awards & Festivals

Tribeca Film Festival

2014 | 2nd place: Documentary (Audience Award)

What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Mala Mala

    The Puerto Rico trans community is examined in this documentary centering in on sex workers in various stages of potential transistion. Interesting in its tales of personal journey and for the fight for recognition from the government and achieving protection from discriminatory hiring practices from the 'straight' world. Quite honest and not exploitive at all. Gender being fluid and non defining is echoed here.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Mala Mala

    "This documentary is affectingly sensual, from its showy, salacious beginning into its startling behind-the-scenes intimacy. It's the scope of this doc, which takes its varied stories to the Puerto Rican government, that makes it a landmark LGBT film." - Gabe Toro, The Playlist

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