credit: Monica Wise
What We Leave Behind
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.
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Emma D. Miller, Iliana Sosa, Isidore Bethel (co-producer)
Iliana Sosa, Judy Phu, Monica Wise
Consulting Producer: Katy Drake Bettner, Consulting Producer: Farihah Zaman, Writers: Iliana Sosa, Isidore Bethel, Sound Recordist: Glenda Charles
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Mexico, United States
Spanish with English Subtitles