Puerto Rico’s Transgender Community Hits the Big Screen at Tribeca

By Jamilah King Apr 22, 2014

If you’re in New York City this week it’s worth stopping by the Tribeca Film Festival, where a new film about Puerto Rico’s transgender community is making waves. "Mala Mala" is directed by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini and features several people from the island’s transgender and drag communities, including former "RuPaul’s Drag Race" contestant and activist Ivana Fred. Here’s more from Queerty:

Mala Mala was three years in the making, and brings together very different stories — from Sandy, an unapologetic sex worker in San Juan’s rough La 15 neighborhood, to Paxx, a brave young trans man with no apparent local support system. At turns tender, funny, raw and gorgeous, the film also covers a profound moment in local LGBT history: last year’s passage of Senate Bill 238, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

"The bill really just came up during the last eight months of production," Sickles said. "We got a call from Ivana one day saying like, ‘Oh hey, we’re going to the senate to fight for our rights.’ We’re like, ‘What? Okay, so we need to be there.’ So we were lucky enough to follow it along, and to see it passed into law was golden for us."

The film premiered at Tribeca on April 14 and will play four screenings throughout New York City. Tickets are available at TribecaFilm.com