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Mala Mala (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Drama | 1 July 2015 (USA)
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A documentary about the power of transformation told through the eyes of 9 trans-identifying individuals in Puerto Rico.


Antonio Santini (story), Dan Sickles (story)
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Credited cast:
Jason Carrión ... Self (as April Carrion)
Samantha Close ... Self
Ivana Fred Ivana Fred ... Self
Queen Bee Ho Queen Bee Ho ... Self
Paxx Moll Paxx Moll ... Themself
Alberic Prados Alberic Prados ... Zahara Montiere
Denise 'Sandy' Rivera Denise 'Sandy' Rivera ... Self
Soraya Santiango Solla ... Self
Sophia Voines Sophia Voines ... Self


A documentary about the power of transformation told through the eyes of 9 trans-identifying individuals in Puerto Rico.

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A transformative documentary


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Spanish | English

Release Date:

1 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Puerto Rico


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,569, 5 July 2015

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Sophia Voines: Life is empty and meaningless - and that it's empty and meaningless... is meaningless; and empty.
Sophia Voines: So, in that space what's left is possibility. You get to create possibility. And in that possibility you get to choose who you wanna be. And be; how do you be? You be by your word. Life is created though language and through language you get to be who you say you're going to be. So, say who your going to be, and then be it!
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Well made but most likely for a smaller audience.
20 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Mala Mala" is not the sort of film I usually watch due to the subject matter, though I am a huge fan of documentaries. This isn't a complaint...and I did enjoy the film. But I mention this because the target audience for the film is probably the LGBT community and because of that, it probably will have a more limited audience than a typical documentary.

Filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles interviewed a variety of folks who represent a wide spectrum within the trans-gender spectrum in Puerto Rico. The theme of the film seems to be the great variety within this group--different motivations, different lifestyles and different ways they see themselves. They are NOT a monolithic group with one goal and one lifestyle. A few are very flamboyant while others do their best to blend in with society and lead ordinary lives. But the one thing they all have in common is that they want their rights--the right to hold down jobs and to have the same rights before the law as anyone else. Much of the latter portion of the movie is about an effort by a grassroots group to gain these legal rights--and to make Puerto Rico the most liberal and accepting place in the United States for the trans-gender community.

The film has a lot going for it. It does a good job humanizing the interviewees without whitewashing them or making them appear noble-- and I credit Santini and Sickles for this. They also have created a very professional film that makes quite the emotional impact on the viewers and it has some excellent points to make. However, it isn't at all surprising that portions of the film are very adult and explicit. This is not a film you'd show your kids and I am sure some of it is bound to offend some viewers' sensibilities. Many might be very accepting of the LGBT community while still not wanting to see some of the more graphic scenes in the documentary. None of this is meant as a critique--it's more to let the viewer know so they can make an informed decision as to whether or not to watch the film.

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