Garden Left Behind, The Directed
Flavio Alves USA, Brazil / 2019 / 88 minutes New York Premiere
In English, and Spanish with subtitles
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WOODSTOCK Upstate Films
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Flavio Alves, Roy Wol, John Rotondo, Ivana Black, Anthony Abdo, Bernadette Quigley, Dawn Young
Imagine a life where undocumented people fear deportation on a daily basis. Now imagine that you are also a transgender Latina woman. This is the plight of thirty- year-old Tina, who is transitioning, and her grandmother, Eliana, who strive to make a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City. Left alone to raise her grandchild, Eliana yearns to return to Mexico, while Tina struggles for acceptance as a transgender woman in America. Working as a gypsy cab driver to save money for her transition, Tina battles the constant anxiety of being undocumented. After yet another brutal beating in the transgender community, she emerges as an outspoken advocate, a role that changes everything. Underlying this straightforward story of family, friends and community, is the theme of transphobia and the very real threat of violence toward women like Tina, especially trans woman of color. This leads to a finale that is haunting and a film that is unforgettable.—Gene Fischer
BIO: Flavio Alves is a Brazilian film writer, director and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in political science. After graduating, Alves worked as an assistant to then New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. In 2007, Flavio returned to school to study film production at NYU, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. His new film, The Garden Left Behind, premiered at SXSW, where it won the Audience Award. The Garden Left Behind is an IFP Narrative Lab project and has recently received the support from GLAAD and NALIP. Flavio is the recipient of grants from numerous organizations, including the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Jerome Foundation.
Cast/Featuring: Carlie Guevara, Ed Asner, Michael Madsen, Tamara Williams, Miriam Cruz
Executive Producer(s): Kristen Parker, Max Berger, Waqas Khan, Adam Beasley
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