QUEEN OF THE DESERT
QUEEN OF THE DESERT grew out of my interest in exploring the presence of the Confederate flag in northern states - particularly my home state of Montana, where there are few Black Americans, and also few people whose ancestors fought for the south in the Civil War. I wanted to understand the attraction of this powerful symbol, and as I explored that question, I was struck by the loneliness and isolation so many people feel today. When so much of the national dialogue seems aimed at pitting people against one another, QUEEN OF THE DESERT aspires to create a situation where lonely people might find a way to talk, and make room for one another's shared humanity.
A Story of Prejudice and Connection
When a young woman in a hoodie finds herself hitchhiking on the highway at night, a lonely truck driver decides to offer her a ride. Suddenly finding themselves both extremely uneasy with one another's company, they must figure out how to navigate beyond their biases and find a connection as human beings.