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The Garden Left Behind


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The compelling drama The Garden Left Behind, winner of the Audience Award at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, traces the relationship between Tina (Carlie Guevara, in her film debut), a young Mexican trans woman, and Eliana (Miriam Cruz), her grandmother, as they navigate Tina’s transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City.

“A joy to watch … a melancholy but strangely optimistic look at the struggles that some in the Trans community face every single day.” – Norman Gidney, Film Threat

As Tina drives a cab to makes ends meet and begins the process of transitioning, Eliana struggles to understand Tina and fears that their life together in America is no longer what they bargained for. Tina finds camaraderie in a small but mighty transgender advocate group, but soon, Tina ends up having to fight for the life that she’s meant to live – facing violent threats, seemingly insurmountable medical costs, questions about her legal immigration status, and increasing skepticism from the man she loves. She begins to lose all hope, but has unknowingly become the only hope for a shy young man who has been watching her closely from afar. (Dir. by Flavio Alves, 2019, USA/Brazil, in English/Spanish with English subtitles, 88 mins., Not Rated)