[dropcap]B[/dropcap]illed as the first comprehensive documentary about HIV, aging, and long-term survivors, Desert Migration has already wowed audiences at twenty-plus film festivals on three continents, and its creators want to wow more. The film is currently available for screenings, so why not contact the distributors if your local AIDS organization, theater, or festival is looking for a way to commerorate National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day on June 5 or Pride Month, National HIV/AIDS Aging Awareness Day on September 8, or World AIDS Day on December 1.
Desert Migration (13th Gen and Best Revenge Productions) follows thirteen gay men, all long-term survivors living with HIV in Palm Springs. Over the years, the California city has attracted a sizeable older population of gay men, many of whom are living with HIV and have been deeply affected by decades of loss and survival. Think Lazarus in his later years. About his film, writer/director Daniel F. Cardone told A&U last September that the film seeks to answer this question: “When life keeps kicking you, what makes you want to get back up and carry on? You really have to find that thing or those things that bring you joy and don’t let anyone else take it away from you.” Each subject has a different answer, touching on work, sex, friendships, and love. Many recount their struggles with side effects and comorbidities, as well. Support is important. Says Doc, one of the documentary’s subjects: “I don’t think of HIV as a flaw anymore. Many of my friends have it. All of us have a very different set of experiences, but we’re able to talk about it with each other. That’s an important thing. Without my friends, it would be really intolerable.”
The film is a project of The HIV Story Project, a San Francisco-based non-profit that nurtures film, media and storytelling focused on HIV/AIDS. Marc Smolowitz, executive director of The HIV Story Project, produced Desert Migration.
Read A&U’s article about Desert Migration by clicking here.