Documentary Mala Mala Sheds Light On the Lives of Trans Women in Puerto Rico

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The documentary Mala Mala, which spotlights the trans community in Puerto Rico, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in 2014, and was later made available here in the United States. Now, the film has found international distribution! So get ready, because this film is going to be available where you are!

According to the description from the Tribeca Film Festival, Mala Mala tells the story of “vibrant and visually striking immersion in the transgender community of Puerto Rico, [which] celebrates the breadth of experiences among trans-identifying women: from campaigning for government-recognized human rights, to working in the sex industry, to performing as part of the drag troupe ‘The Doll House.’ Unapologetic and unconventional, ‘Mala Mala’ explores the ways internal and external identity pave the path of self discovery through the unique yet universal stories of its fascinating cast of characters.”

As reported by Women and Hollywood, Co-Director Dan Sickles is thrilled to finally be able to release the film in countries where being trans or gay still comes with serious consequences “I’ve always felt enormously guilty when messages arrive in our inbox from queer kids as far as Malaysia asking where they can rent the film, only to not have an answer to give them,” he said. “After receiving the list of territories and release dates from our distributor, I broke down with relief and pride.”

If you want to check out Mala Mala, it will be available via iTunes and Google’s streaming platform for a limited time: December 5-19. If you live in one of the countries below, definitely check it out!

iTunes: Anguilla, Armeni,a Antigua and Barbuda, Swaziland, Belize, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Guinea-bissau, Uganda, Cayman Island,s Saint Kitts And Nevis, British Virgin Islands, Namibia, Gambia, Tajikistan, Mozambique, Belarus, Mauritius, Turkmenistan, Cape Verde, Niger, Botswana, Israel, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Luxembourg, Brunei, Vietnam, Philippines, Italy, United Kingdom, Mongolia, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Cambodia, Thailand, Micronesia, Laos, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Japan, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, France, and Spain.

Google streaming: Belgium, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, France, Switzerland, and Spain.

(image via Mala Mala)

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Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.