2015, U.S., 80 min.
Saved by the introduction of protease inhibitors in the mid-1990s, many HIV-positive men needed to rebuild their lives, which they thought were hopelessly lost. Now, more than half the people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States are more than 50 years of age. Those whose lives were saved by anti-retroviral therapies are dealing with a barrage of new problems as their aging bodies struggle to maintain the upper hand against the virus and to cope with the side effects of the treatment itself. Many also struggle with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress, having lived through a period of decimation and debilitation. The film 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 their health condition are not just tolerated but also understood.
“Ribbons” (Brandon Cordeiro, 2015, U.S., 9 min.): A mother brings her 8-year-old son to a public AIDS memorial on a beach in Provincetown, Mass.
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