Risking Light during FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

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The documentary film Risking Light will be screened at the Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway, at 7 p.m., Friday July 27, during the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl. Admission is free.

Risking Light tells the story of how Mary Johnson, a longtime Northsider, moved from her experience of unimaginable grief over the murder of her only child when he was 21, to a place of profound compassion and forgiveness that today includes a powerful bond and friendship with O’shea Israel, the man who murdered her son.

The film was produced, directed and written by local filmmaker and Emmy Award-winner, Dawn Mikkelson. It includes two other moving stories of people who went through inconceivable loss and trauma and chose forgiveness as their path to healing. “The ripple effect of forgiveness is clear in all of these stories,” said Mikkelson.

Audience members are encouraged to stay for the conversation after the film, led by Mary Johnson and Director Dawn Mikkelson.

Risking Light played to sold-out audiences and was a Best of the Fest selection this year at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. In addition to more screenings across the U.S. this summer, the movie made its international premier at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival in July.

Donations will be accepted at the screening for From Death to Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending violence through the facilitation of healing and reconciliation between families of victims and perpetrators. Ms. Mary is the founder of this non-profit.

The FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is a three-day event running July 26-28. More info: northmpls.org.