Risking Light


The Main 2 Tue, Apr 17, 2018 7:05 PM
The Main 1 Sun, Apr 22, 2018 9:30 AM
The Main 3 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 7:05 PM
The Main 3 Tue, May 1, 2018 9:15 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:New American Visions
Minnesota Made
Women & Film
Minnesota Made Documentary Feature Award
Best of Fest
Women Directors
Minnesota Made
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Indigenous Peoples
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2018
Runtime:87 min
Website:Official Website
Director:Dawn Mikkelson
Producer:Dawn Mikkelson
Miranda Wilson
Matt Ehling
Cinematographer:Matt Ehling
Emma Paine
Russell Hawkins
Jesse Roesler
Screenwriter:Dawn Mikkelson
Editor:Dawn Mikkelson
Peter Rhodes
Composer:Chris Strouth
Principal Cast:Mary Johnson (Roy)
O'shea Israel
Kilong Ung
Debra Hocking


Special Guest Dawn Mikkelson Attending

Dawn Mikkelson’s Risking Light is a meditation on forgiveness, layered with a theme that is rarely seen on the screen—forgiving the unforgivable. Five years prior to making the film, Mikkelson met Mary Johnson and O’Shea Israel, a meeting she describes as a life-changing event that would lead to the development of Risking Light. It was then she learned that Johnson had chosen to forgive Israel for the murder of her son, which motivates the tone of humanistic mission in the film.

Along with sharing Johnson and Israel’s story, Mikkelson and her crew travel to Cambodia and Australia, where they hear more stories of forgiveness from two members of Australia’s Aboriginal “Lost Generation”—some of the stories are simple while others are devastating. And throughout the film, the stories told all serve as a reflection of a universal theme—compassion.

Director Biography

Dawn Mikkelson Dawn Mikkelson is a producer and director whose work has screened at festivals from around the globe, including the Cambridge Film Festival and the International Documentary Festival. She has won a number of awards, including an Emmy and the McKnight Filmmaking Fellowship.



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