Pitt Celebrates Puerto Rican Trans Community With ‘Mala Mala’


On Feb. 6th, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures will present Mala Mala, the first feature documentary to depict the transsexual community in Puerto Rico.

Mala Mala reveals the power of transformation through the lives of nine trans-identifying individuals. A unique exploration of self-discovery and activism, featuring a diverse collection of subjects that include LGBTQ advocates, business owners, sex workers, and a boisterous group of drag performers who call themselves The Doll House, the film portrays a fight for personal and community acceptance paved with triumphant highs and devastating lows. Through cinematography that encapsulates the candy-colored, vivacious personalities as well as their frequently dark personal experiences, directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles present the passion and hardships reflective of this distinctively binary human experience.

Mala Mala will screen at 4 p.m. in Posvar Hall, Room 1500. A discussion with Santini and Sickles will follow. The event is free and open to the public.



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