LAFF 2012: Moving Trailer for ‘Sun Kissed’ Stirs Up Mysteries, Questions, and Tears

The plotline for Maya Stark and Adi Lavy‘s documentary Sun Kissed is compelling enough on a microcosmic level – the film centers on a Native American couple whose two children both have a rare disorder that essentially makes them allergic to the sun – but it’s made all the more powerful by the film ultimately encompassing something far greater than just one family’s personal tragedy. With the disease (XP) at the center of the film, Sun Kissed explores the treatment of the Navajo people by the U.S. government and how the Navajo nation’s greatest historical tragedy may have impacted the startlingly high number of instances of XP in their community today.

The film’s first trailer effectively weaves together the different portions of Sun Kissed‘s plot, all while leaving viewers hungry for still more information. It is also, in the simplest terms, one hell of a tearjerker. Check out the trailer for Sun Kissed after the break, along with screening information for the film, which will premiere at LAFF this week.

Sun Kissed will have its World Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16th, 2012 at 140PM with an additional screening on June 18th at 740PM. The filmmakers will be at both screenings for post-film Q&A sessions.

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Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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