The Garden Left Behind


MONDO Summit, 3rd Floor Fri, Feb 21 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Dramatic film
Release Year:2019
Discussions:Director Q + A to follow screening
Official Selection:S X SW
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Flavio Alves


Beginning with an enthusiastic reception at SXSW Film Festival, The Garden Left Behind, has become one of the most ubiquitous and celebrated films of the 2019 film festival circuit in the US and abroad. Driving a cab through the lonely streets of New York, Tina (Carlie Guevara) struggles to provide for herself and her grandmother. Being undocumented makes work difficult to come by, and to add more stress, Tina has begun the transition process. While her doting grandmother endeavors to understand, Tina finds warm support in a group of trans activists that take her under their wing. Tina waits impatiently for her doctor (Ed Asner) to sign off on her transition so she can begin taking hormones, eager to join her trans sisters. But mounting medical costs, her rocky relationship with the man she’s been seeing, and her legal immigration status all become daunting obstacles in Tina’s pursuit of happiness.