Strand Releasing has acquired North American distribution rights to “Mala Mala,” a critically acclaimed documentary following the much-overlooked and under-explored transliberation movement in Puerto Rico. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival but was never picked up for release, forcing many to question whether or not distribution companies were fearful of taking on subject matter such as trans identity.
Directed by Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, the documentary portrays the evolution of the trans movement in Puerto Rico through the eyes of activists, sex workers, a drag performance group and more. The transliberation movement, which is relatively new to Puerto Rico, was documented in the film over a three-year period, allowing for a range in scope and perspective to be captured over time.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Dan and Antonio,” said Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu. “They have the spirit, vitality and energy and a keen eye, something that is so rare these days and obviously their partnership with Killer Films on this project means a lot.”
“Mala Mala” begins screening in theaters on July 1.