Desert Migration focuses on gay men living long-term with HIV who have 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.
Over the course of a single on-screen day, we observe a group of men as they work, eat, sleep, love, recuperate and grieve. By sharing their stories, Desert Migration reflects on subjects that relate to all of us — HIV positive or negative, young or old. How do we approach our own aging and the notion of mortality? What gives us the will to create, to achieve, and even to live at all, as our bodies and minds deteriorate?
Visually stunning and emotionally captivating, Desert Migration points the camera on no fewer than eight men, focusing on their own survival, acceptance, struggle and mortality. Desert Migration tells the story of a community overwhelmed with acceptance and heartbreak and dissects the complexities of partnership.