“Desert Migration” film on HIV

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    When:
    September 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    2016-09-18T14:00:00-07:00
    2016-09-18T16:00:00-07:00
    Where:
    Loft Cinema
    3233 E Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    USA
    Cost:
    Free

    DESERT MIGRATION

    desert migration

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 AT 2:00PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10  LOFT MEMBERS:  $8
    PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES OR GROUPONS FOR THIS SCREENING

    Co-presented by SAAF and The Loft Cinema

    Featuring a post-film Skype Q&A with director Daniel F. Cardone!

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

    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)

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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