'Sun Kissed' Screening

Screening of Documentary Sun Kissed at University of Redlands

The film is a 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Official Selection

REDLANDS, May 1, 2013 – The University of Redlands will host a screening of the documentary Sun Kissed on Wednesday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. in Gregory Hall 161. The film explores a rare genetic disorder called XP afflicting Navajo children at a much higher rate than the general population. Those affected with the disease burn, freckle and blister after minimal sun exposure and are at much greater risk for skin cancers. The disease has neurological implications and leaves the child developmentally delayed.

Filmed over three years, with unprecedented access to the Navajo community, Sun Kissed follows Dorey and Yolanda as they bravely confront long-held tribal taboos and question the rebellious choices of their youth. Ultimately their journey leads them to the shocking truth: Their children and other Navajo children are still paying the price for the American conquest of the tribe in the 1860s, a brutal campaign culminating in an almost-forgotten chapter in American history—the Navajo “Long Walk” of 1864.

Despite its importance as the defining moment in modern Navajo history and the beginning of their assimilation into American society, discussing the tragedy of the Long Walk remains a taboo topic within the Navajo community.

The discussion following the film will include Dr. Lisa Olson, associate professor of Biology and Dr. Larry Gross, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Endowed Chair of Native American Studies, as well as University of Redlands students from Olson’s Medical Genetics course.

This event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Screening of the documentary Sun Kissed
Los Angeles Film Festival Official Selection

WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: University of Redlands, Gregory Hall 161
1200 East Colton Ave, Redlands, CA 92373

Event Contact
Lisa Olson

Media Contact:
Patty Zurita
(909) 748-8070


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