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Mala Mala


Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles

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About the Movie

Critically acclaimed by INDIEWIRE as, "A landmark documentary", 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: While affirming the dignity of its subjects, "Mala Mala" shows there's little glamour attached to the pursuit of selfhood. – Daniel M. Gold, New York Times, Jun 30, 2015

Fresh: 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, Jun 29, 2015

Fresh: Mala Mala depicts its subjects with an uncommon degree of empathy and understanding, not to mention glamor. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 29, 2015

Fresh: This film does not pander. Rather, it demands that the viewer rise to the occasion. – Diana Clarke, Village Voice, Jul 3, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Denise Ivette is Fabulous !!!

Great movie !!! Open up your mind for something new !!!
Take a look ...


Tells a worthy story and so well filmed.

The voice of a community!

A very much needed film about a forgotten community in a now devastated island. Definitely a must see!

Mala Mala
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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