The critically acclaimed MALA MALA explores the intimate moments, performances, friendships and activism of trans identifying people, drag queens and others who defy typical gender identities in Puerto Rico. The film features Ivana, an activist; Soraya, an older sex-change pioneer; Sandy, a prostitute looking to make a change; and Samantha and Paxx, both of whom struggle with the quality of medical resources available to assist in their transition. Hailed as “Sensitive and thoughtful” by the NEW YORK TIMES and winner of the audience award for documentary film at the Tribeca Film Festival, MALA MALA affirms that the quest to find oneself can be both difficult and beautiful.
“This film does not pander. Rather, it demands that the viewer rise to the occasion.” – Village Voice
Beginning as a colorful documentary about the Puerto Rican transgender community… Mala Mala slowly morphs into a celebration of solidarity and collective activism without ever losing sight of its likable protagonists.
– Ronnie Scheib, Variety
Mala Mala depicts its subjects with an uncommon degree of empathy and understanding, not to mention glamor.
– Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
While affirming the dignity of its subjects, “Mala Mala” shows there’s little glamour attached to the pursuit of selfhood.
-Daniel M. Gold
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico
Sound Format: Dolby SRD
Running Time: 87 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
In Spanish and English with English Subtitles
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