Claiming multiple festival accolades, the award winning film THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND will have its Canadian premiere at Toronto’s Inside Out LGBTQ Film Festival on Sunday, May 26 at 7:15 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
This trailblazing film traces the relationship between Tina, a young, Latina, 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. With trans actors cast in all trans roles, the film provides audience’s with an intimate and realistic portrayal of the trans experience living in America, from activism and advocacy, to personal relationships with family, lovers and friends.
Hailed by critics saying “Natural and graceful” (Hollywood Reporter), “The film speaks with heart” (The Advocate), “Completely mesmerizing” (Queer Guru), “Transgender authenticity at its finest” (Solzy at the Movies), “An absolutely incredible film” (Film Inquiry) and “A brave depiction of reality that deserves to be seen” (Glide Magazine), THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND has found its seat at the table of LGBTQ cinema.
The film has garnered official support from the largest LGBTQ organization GLAAD as well as leading film programs ran by IFP, PFLAG, NALIP, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Trans Filmmakers Project, among others.
THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND has introduced 50 NEW TRANSGENDER TALENTS to the film industry. Representation in front and behind camera is crucially important to the future of cinema and the production is honoured to have been able to work with up and coming talent from the Trans community, from actors to producers.
Despite all of its accolades and support for its vast representation on the screen and behind the camera, the film has received great resistance from key LGBTQ film festivals. Trans activists have spoken out by writing emails and making calls, urging festival organizers to show the film, despite some concerns with the films bold and occasionally jarring content.
The community has defended the film and its willingness to speak out about the issues of violence against the Trans community and specifically women of colour, with violent assaults and murder on the rise in the current climate.