Audience Advisory: This film contains scenes and dialogue surrounding transphobia and trans violence. There will be a facilitated discussion by Minister Ruth Wood following the film for audiences who wish to share or listen.
The Garden Left Behind d. Flavio Alves 88min USA/Brazil 2019
THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND traces the relationship between Tina, a young Mexican trans woman, and Eliana, her grandmother, as they navigate Tina’s transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City.
As Tina 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 finds herself 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.