December 03 only
“A SWEEPING AND ENTHRALLING TESTAMENT OF HOPE…”
SEATTLE GAY NEWS
“STARK, INTENSE AND HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL…”
In honor of National AIDS Day, we are proud to present a special screening of the award winning documentary Desert Migration. Saved by the introduction of protease inhibitors in the mid-1990s, many HIV positive men needed to rebuild lives they thought they would not live. In an effort to make peace with the virus inside them, some migrated to California’s Palm Springs in the hope of finding a healing desert oasis. But is this environment, with its tolerant population and constant sunshine, enough to heal their shattered bodies and dispel their lingering grief?
More than half the people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States are over 50 years of age. Those people, whose lives were saved by antiretroviral therapies, are dealing with a barrage of new problems as their ageing bodies struggle to maintain the upper hand against the virus, accompanied by the many side effects of the treatment itself – insomnia, depression, neuropathy, bone degeneration, kidney failure, cognitive disorders, suicidal ideation… Many also struggle with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress, having lived through a period of decimation and debilitation that remains largely unacknowledged.
Desert Migration focuses on gay men living long-term with HIV who sought out an oasis in Southern California’s Palm Springs where both their homosexuality and health condition is not just tolerated, but understood. They represent a huge number of people who migrated to this desert community burdened with memories of watching their friends die, all believing that a similar fate would befall them.
Directed by Daniel F. Cardone, 2015 USA 81 mins
FREE OR DISCOUNTED FOR MEMBERS
DANIEL F. CARDONE – DIRECTOR
Born in Australia, Daniel F. Cardone worked on critically acclaimed productions such as The Home Song Stories, Animal Kingdom, and the Emmy award-winning The Pacific. Daniel was also an Associate Producer on Australian sitcom Outland. After moving to the US, Daniel directed the segment Construct of the feature documentary Still Around (2011, distributed by Outcast Films), in addition to writing and directing the short film Incident, which premiered at Palm Springs Shortfest 2012. Daniel lives in Southern California with his husband and his four rescue dogs – Henry, Eleanor, Mabel and Lady Miss Betty Boo. Desert Migration is his first feature film as director.
DESERT MIGRATION: Upcoming Showtimes