November 29 - December 2, 2012 | Whose Story Is It?
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Friday, November 30 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun Kissed

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Maya Stark and Adi Lavy

2011 | USA (Najavo Nation)

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 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 Dineʼ Studies at Navajo Technical College.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel in New York

Friday November 30, 2012 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Linder American Museum of Natural History

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