Cast: Dawn Young, Bernadette Quigley, Anthony Abdo, Miriam Cruz, Tamara Williams, Alex Kruz, Danny Flaherty, Michael Madsen, Ed Asner, Carlie Guevara
Young trans woman Tina, an undocumented immigrant living with her grandmother in New York City, is on the cusp of major life changes. As she prepares to transition with the support of friends — if not family — she’s drawn into activism when members of the local trans community are targeted by police. A powerful portrait of the day-to-day realities of trans women of color, Flavio Alves’s feature directorial debut boasts multiple awards on the festival circuit, including a SXSW Audience Award. (Trigger warning: violence against trans community)
Flavio Alves was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 and earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Columbia University. He worked as an assistant to then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) before studying film production at NYU, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. His debut feature film, The Garden Left Behind, an IFP Narrative Lab–selected project, premiered at SXSW, where it won the Audience Award. The Garden Left Behind has recently received the support from GLAAD and NALIP and is also the recipient of grants from numerous organizations, including NYSCA and Jerome Foundation.