Desire Lines (2024)
Sundance NEXT Special Jury Award Winner!
As Ahmad turns 60, his long-suppressed desires for other men become impossible to ignore. Having grown up in an era when homosexual activity could block a trans man's access to medical transition, he's conflicted. He meets Kieran, a 20-something trans archivist on a sexual journey of his own. Unlike Ahmad, Kieran is immersed in queer culture and longs for sex with a cis gay man as a gender-affirming rite of passage. As the two men fall deeper into the LGBGTQ archive, they become time-travelers who witness and participate in the historical moments they read about.
Through a surprising blend of contemporary oral history, fiction, archival documents, and re-enactment, an intergenerational dialogue emerges that dares to ask how public forces shape our most private desires. Intimate personal testimony and never-before-seen archival gems bring to light the untold history of a group of people who have been marginalized by straight and gay communities alike.