What We Leave Behind

Lo que dejamos atrás

25th TiDF: European Premiere

Shot over several years in the style of cinema verité, the story centers around a portrait of Julian, the filmmaker’s grandfather, who at the age of 89 takes one last bus ride to El Paso, Texas to visit his daughters – a long trip he's made without fail every month for decades. After returning to rural Mexico, he quietly starts building a house in the empty lot next to his home. In the absence of his physical visits, can this new house bridge the distance between his loved ones? A beautiful intimate examination and a love letter to a man who is aging with dignity, returning (like a monarch butterfly) to the family light with unwavering commitment. A testament to human resilience in the face of terrible obstacles, regardless of the borders that divide us and the intergenerational trauma of immigration.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: Iliana Sosa
Script: Iliana Sosa, Isidore Bethel
Cinematography: Iliana Sosa, Judy Phu, Monica Wise
Editing: Isidore Bethel
Sound: Lena Esquenazi
Music: Camilla Uboldi
Actors: Julián Moreno
Production: Marcona Media, Borderchild Productions
Producers: Emma D. Miller, Iliana Sosa
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA, Mexico
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 71'
Contact: Marcona Media
Awards/Distinctions: Fandor New Voices Award, Louis Black/Lone Star Award – SXSW FF 2022, Judge’s Choice Award – Flatland FF 2022, Honorable Mention for Best Feature Documentary – Tacoma FF 2022

Iliana Sosa


2011 Child of the Desert (short fiction)
2013 Detained in the Desert (fiction)
2018 An Uncertain Future (co-direction, short)
2022 What We Leave Behind