Taking the Grand Jury Documentary Prize at Sundance 2017, Dina is a charming, quirky and unconventional love-story between two eccentric souls that will resonate with all audiences.
Dina’s getting married in a few weeks and there’s still so much to do. She has to move her boyfriend, Scott, from his parents’ house to her apartment, and settle him in to only the second home he’s ever had, all while juggling his schedule as an early morning Walmart door greeter. She has to get her dress, confirm arrangements with the venue, and make peace with her family, who remain nervous for their beloved Dina after the death of her first husband and the string of troubled relationships that followed. Throughout it all, in the face of obstacles large and small, Dina remains indomitable. She’s overcome tragedy and found the man she wants and, at age 48, is bent on building the life for herself that she believes she deserves. Dina is unstoppable, a force of nature, and as the star of her own life story, she’s an unconventional movie protagonist the likes of which hasn’t been seen before.
Santini is an artist and director born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He kicked off his exploration of the film medium when he made the movie Killer Tranny as a present for John Waters. He then directed Mala Mala about the trans experience in Puerto Rico (2014) alongside Dan Sickles. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and received an audience award. Dina (2017) is his second film.
Sickles is a filmmaker, actor, and writer best known for directing Mala Mala (2014), and for a 2011 stage production of Hamlet in which he played the title role. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and currently living between New York City and Paris, France, Dina (2017) is his second film with Antonio Santini and their production company, El Peligro.