National PBS Premiere on POV
Thursday, October 18 at 10 PM

(check your local listings)

When a Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder called Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) that makes exposure to sunlight fatal, they also learn their reservation is a hotbed for this rare genetic disease. Why? Sun Kissed follows Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they confront cultural taboos, tribal history and their own unconventional choices to learn the shocking truth: The consequences of the Navajos’ Long Walk – their forced relocation by the U.S. military in 1864 – are far from over.

After losing their son to XP, a rare and fatal genetic disease that causes skin cancer from any exposure to sunlight, Dorey and Yolanda Nez faced the devastating reality that their daughter, Leanndra, was also afflicted with XP.

A co–production of ITVS, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A co–presentation with Native American Public Telecommunications.

Watch the trailer at:

Educators have access to the Sun Kissed Lesson Plan HERE, with related discussion materials HERE.

Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), is a rare condition characterized by an extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight.