The Garden
Left Behind

“It's her life. It's her dream.”

Short Synopsis/

A young Mexican trans woman and her grandmother navigate life as undocumented immigrants in New York City.

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THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND traces the relationship between Tina (Carlie Guevara), 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. 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 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.



Writer/Director: Flavio Alves

Producers: Roy Wol

Stars: Carlie Guevara, Michael Madsen, Anthony Abdo

“It is time – to retake our seats at the table.”



88 mins


Release Date/

26th Jul 2021

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