A mother who kisses the cheek of her child’s killer.
A victim of genocide builds a school for the children of soldiers who oversaw the murder of his parents and sister, as well as his own torture. These are the stories of Risking Light, a global documentary and online forgiveness initiative which profiles individuals who have found the humanity in the very persons they thought they could never forgive and provide a place where people around the world can share their own stories and perspectives on forgiveness and reconciliation.
Our team of award-winning documentary filmmakers will hold free and public “Forgiveness Shoots” around the world, collecting stories on forgiveness. The resulting film represents people of all nationalities, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, and socio-economic backgrounds to create an archive that showcases our shared humanity and illuminate the power of forgiveness between two people.
Amidst these inspirational moments, stories where the choice not to forgive or struggle to forgive in the future rise to the surface, illuminating the complexity and challenge of forgiveness.
Risking Light offers hope, healing, and reconciliation to a world in desperate need of understanding and forgiveness.
Inspired to do more, these volunteers are working to find stories in their unique corners of the world!
Lindsey Horne (New Zealand)
Lindsey is a current student at the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. With a background in both neuroscience and fine art, she is passionate in what comes about from teh collision of sciences and humanities. Lindsey is seeking stories in New Zealand.
We can't do this alone. Risking Light relies on the feedback of this team of advisors to help us as we move ahead.
Anne H. Dykstra, Ph.D.
Thirty-five years international and domestic experience as a manager, designer of education programs, of which 90-97 was with the UN in Cambodia or on the Thai Border in camps for Khmer refugees.
Mary Hayes Grieco
Mary is a respected spiritual teacher based in the Minneapolis, Minnesota. An original and expansive thinker, a pragmatic emotional healer, and an uplifting public speaker, Mary has inspired thousands of people since she first began teaching spirituality classes in 1982. Currently she is the director and lead trainer of The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training, and the author of Unconditional Forgiveness A Simple and Proven Method to Forgive Everyone and Everything,published by Simon & Schuster.
Phira is an award-winning first generation Khmer Minnesotan woman artist born in a refugee camp, Khao I Dang/Site II in Mairut, Thailand and raised in Minnesota. Primarily a visual artist, she has over fifteen years of experience as a volunteer with refugee resettlement and has collaborated with artists and arts organizations in the Twin Cities including Public Artist and Activist Ta-coumba T. Aiken where she assisted in creating a mural depicting Global Citizenship at Macalester College, Intermedia Arts, UROC Gallery, St. Catherine University, and the Soap Factory. Her works has also been accepted by the Journal for Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, MOONROOT zine, and presented at the Twin Cities Dragon Festival 2012. In addition to other community centered activities, she was recently chosen as a CAPM Asian Pacific Legacy Fellow.
To find out more about Phira you can visit her at: http://mnartists.org/Phira_Rehm or http://khmersnextgeneration.wordpress.com/ where she maintains one of the only Khmer Minnesotan blogs in the country.
Justin Schell is a documentary filmmaker, freelance writer, and PhD student based in Minneapolis, MN. He has co-directed the film Travel in Spirals with Tou SaiKo Lee and is currently completing his feature-length documentary, We Rock Long Distance, which follows the lives and music of three Minnesota hip-hop artists with roots far beyond the Land of 10,000 Lakes. His video work has been part of an exhibit at the University of Minnesota's Nash Gallery, broadcast on MTN, and featured online on The Progressive and The Huffington Post. He has written articles for a variety of publications, including the Twin Cities Daily Planet, The Liberator, Rain Taxi, MNArtists.org, Asian-American Press, Mshale, and NewMusicBox.org. You can see more of his work at his website, 612 to 651.
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