Running Time: 88 min

Flavio Alves

USA & Brazil

English, Spanish
with English subtitles


The Garden
Left Behind

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Winner: Visions,
Audience Award

SXSW 2019

Tina, played by a sensitive and engaging Carlie Guevara, lives between worlds as an undocument-ed immigrant and trans woman in New York City. Tina lives with her charming grandmother Eli-ana whose dreams of returning to Mexico clash with Tina’s desire to fit in and make it big in the “Big Apple.” As a cab driver Tina struggles to make a living for herself and her grandmother with the hope of someday saving enough to begin the process of medical transitioning. While the clash of worlds and identities is a constant point of tension between Tina and her abuela, she finds com-fort and a new found passion for activism with a group of trans friends.

Director Flavio Alves’ first feature film is bolstered by a rich supporting cast including longtime Hollywood veterans like Michael Madsen (RESERVOIR DOGS, KILL BILL) and Ed Asner (THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, ROOTS). THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND is a thoughtful and un-flinching look at the complications facing the LGBTQ Latinx and undocumented communities who struggle to navigate their identity in a world that seeks to negate their right to exist. Alves’ debut well captures the fear, uncertainty, and joy that Tina finds in the process of fully embracing her identity.
— Julia Youngs