Director: Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles
Country: Puerto Rico/USA
Year of Production: 2014
Total Running Time: 89 min
Language: Spanish (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG



Mala Mala starts off as an expose of the transgender world in Puerto Rico, exposing the fact that many who identify as trans in fact perform on stage as women or, are sex workers. This is not to say that this the limit of their world however, as the film progesses we see that there is a strong will and need behind the glam and the glitter to be accepted as part of the mainstram community in Puerto Rico, as themselves.

The oldest member of the cast of characters, Soraya Santiago Solla, is a pioneer of the sex change movement in Puerto Rico and makes the distinction that people do not have to be dolls to be women, while Sophia Voines simply wants to be accepted as herself, a woman.

This film is at times graphic and uncomfortable in its presentation to a general audience but leaves no doubt that in the end, everyone has a right to be accepted as themselves, at work, in public and even in the supermarket.


Mala Mala is his Dan’s directorial debut. The first film he helped produce, Price Check, screened at Sundance Film Festival and the second, a short French-American film, is screening at the 65th Annual Cannes International Film Festival. He also runs The Boat NYC, a production office in Manhattan, with his partner, Alli Maxwell.. Antonio is a Puerto Rican director, whose films have screened at 9 festivals internationally.

Since his Internet theory and subculture studies at NYU Gallatin, Antonio has spent his summers in Brooklyn making movies and his winters in Puerto Rico storyboarding his upcoming feature film, Lolita Forever.