Desert Migration


When the first effective HIV treatments were introduced in the mid-1990s, a generation of HIV+ gay men were thrown a lifeline.

“A sweeping and enthralling testament of hope.”- Seattle Gay News

What happened to these men who thought they were terminally ill only to discover they would now survive? Desert Migration introduces us to such a group of men in their fifties and sixties who have made Palms Springs in the California desert their home, where they have found a community of kindred spirits. Having anticipated certain death these long-time survivors are now unexpectedly living to old age which brings with it a new set of issues.  Director Daniel F. Cardone’s documentary beautifully captures their life-affirming, bittersweet stories amid the surreal desert landscapes, making us confront our own mortality.  (Dir. by Daniel F. Cardone, 2015, USA, 80 mins., Not Rated)