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What We Leave Behind

1h 11m Documentary, Family, Feature, Indie 2022

At the age of 89, Julián takes one last bus ride to El Paso, Texas, to visit his daughters and their children—a lengthy 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?

Director Iliana Sosa films her grandfather’s work, gently sifting through Julián’s previously unspoken memories and revealing both the pragmatism and poetry of his life. WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND unfolds as a love letter to her grandfather, as well as an intimate exploration of her own relationship with him and his homeland.

Director

Iliana Sosa

Producer

Emma D. Miller

Producer

Iliana Sosa

Co-Producer

Isidore Bethel

Cinematographer

Monica Wise

Cinematographer

Iliana Sosa

Cinematographer

Judy Phu

Sound Designer

Lena Esquenazi

Language

Spanish

Subtitles

English

Countries

United States, Mexico

Studio

Borderchild Productions LLC