POV1988 | TV Show
This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr (more…)
Premiered: July 5, 1988
Season 25, Episode 11 Sun Kissed
First Aired: October 18, 2012
A Navajo couple investigates XP, a genetic disorder that makes exposure to sunlight potentially fatal, and learns that it is far more prevalent on their reservation than in the population at-large: one in 30,000 vs. one in a million. They lost a son to the disorder, and now care for his sister, who also has it. Their study leads to a possible reason for the increased likelihood that Navajos will develop XP: the Long Walk of 1864, when their people were forced to relocate to eastern New Mexico.