Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 13, 2012.

Update #13

Behind-the-Scenes Mala Mala's 3rd Trip!

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It's time...

...for a MALA MALA Update!

We're happy to share that thanks to you we've wrapped our 32-day shoot in Puerto Rico. Now we're back in New York cutting through 100+ hours of footage to make something special for you to watch. We don't want to spoil any surprises, but we can't resist giving you a tiny peek at some of our new subjects and locations.

One of our new subjects, Soraya, discussing her new book on gender dysphoria and her journey to become a woman. Soraya is one of the first and few Puerto Ricans to ever win the legal battle of changing one's gender on a birth certificate and the first transsexual to run for office in Puerto Rico.

Meet Ivana Fred. A new Mala Mala subject pictured below on her weekend community outreach routine, handing out condoms & performing free STD tests on willing trans sex workers in Santurce.

April, months later, at a coffee shop in Old San Juan after a local newspaper interview. 

Samantha screen test in Moca, Puerto Rico.

And some of the crew behind-the-scenes:

Isabel Rullan, our producer, checking for water damage on her cam after the thunderstorm in the town of Isabela.

Adam Uhl, Mala Mala's Director of Photography, during our lunch break at El Hamburger, Old San Juan.

Dan Sickles, director of Mala Mala, happy in paradise.

Antonio Santini, director of Mala Mala, why so serious?

This time around we also had 3 amazing cinematographers assisting on the shoot: Caleb Heller, Vasilios Sfinarolakis, and Zach Stoltzfus. Thanks to them for being great sports & making this trip the most successful & fun. And thanks to all our cooperative subjects and of course to the backers that made the shoot possible.

There's a lot more where that came from. But we'll keep it locked in the vault for now. You'll be hearing from us soon.

Our gratitude and love,

The Mala Mala Crew

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