It's a universal experience -- getting older - living with a chronic disease - confronting your own mortality - feeling isolated - while looking for purpose and meaning in life.
But this is also the experience of a community of older gay men living with AIDS, who when diagnosed had no reason to think they would have to deal with any of it.
It's a story that's been hidden from view from many of us. But now it's told in a documentary, "Desert Migration."
20 years after the introduction of the so-called drug cocktail that keeps AIDS/HIV at bay, the documentarytakes an intimate look at some of the first men to survive the AIDS epidemic. The physical toll and changes that long term exposure to the cocktail can have. The financial strain of meds, and trying to hold a job with the chronic condition. A documentary about a very familiar disease, in a way that couldn't have been done before now.
Desert Migration will be screened Thursday night, 6:30 PM at the Santikos Bijou Theater by the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.
- Daniel Cardone, filmmaker
- Cynthia Nelson, CEO of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation