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Given the recent reveal of Caitlyn Jenner, it seems that the timing of “Mala Mala” could not be better. Following the lives of transgender Puerto Ricans, the documentary received praise at the Tribeca Film Festival and has since gone on to wow on the festival circuit. It marks the directorial debuts of Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini.
While the film focuses on politics and gender equality, it offers its ideas in a unique fashion, utilizing instances of surrealism and humor to shed light on an such an important topic. Both filmmakers and subjects attempted to take the film lightly, drawing inspiration from the likes of Pedro Almodovar (“The Skin I Live In”) and the 1967 film “Valley of Dolls.” Despite the levity, “Mala Mala” does not stray away from the real situation, depicting the lives of sex workers, drag queens and many more as they attempt to achieve equality in Puerto Rico.
The film will debut in theaters on July 1st through Strand Releasing. Watch the exclusive trailer above.