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Sun Kissed

A man and woman sitting on a rocky hill overlooking some single level buildings with setting or rising sun and hills in the background.

Maya Stark and Adi Lavy
2011 | 85 mins | USA (Navajo Nation)
New York Premiere

After a Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder making exposure to sunlight fatal, they learn this rare genetic disease is all too common on their reservation in New Mexico. They embark on a challenging journey to delve deeper into the mystery of the illness as they search desperately for answers and treatment options. Sun Kissed examines the life of one family to tell a story encompassing nuanced with themes of Navajo identity, cultural taboos, and tribal history.

Following the screening, a group of distinguished panelists, moderated by Louise Lamphere, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emerita at the University of New Mexico, will discuss critical questions about Navajo culture and genetics, as well as documentary film making in the Navajo community. Panelists include: Jennie Joe, Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona, Jeff Long, Oncologist practicing in Albuquerque, NM; Maureen Schwarz, Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University and Wesley Thomas, Professor of Dine’ Studies at Navajo Technical College.

Co-presented by Consulate General of Israel in New York

Sun Kissed is a Mead Dialogue