Three stories: Mary's son was murdered. Kilong was tortured. Debra was abducted as a baby. What would you do if given the opportunity to meet the people who destroyed your life? Three unique journeys to a surprising shared destination.

Award Nominations &

Film Festivals 



  • WORLD PREMIERE - Cinequest Film Festival

    • Listed by both the San Francisco Chronicle and Mercury Sun as TOP 10 FILMS OF THE FESTIVAL. Only documentary to make both lists.

  • Cleveland International Film Festival

    • Nominated: Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

    • Nominated: ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

  • BEST OF FEST - Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

  • INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE - Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

  • EUROPEAN PREMIERE - Chania International Film Festival

  • AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARD WINNER - Big Water Film Festival - Ashland, WI

  • Cambodia Town Film Festival - Long Beach, CA

  • Awareness Film Festival - Los Angeles, CA

  • Flyway Film Festival - Pepin, WI

  • Duluth Superior Film Festival - MN

  • Marine Documentary Film Series - MN

official soundtrack

Risking Light is the soundtrack to the widely acclaimed award-wining documentary about forgiveness by Emmy award wining filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson. Risking light tells a story of forgiveness, this soundtrack is a mediation on it, written and performed by American composer Chris Strouth, of the Group Paris1919, gives a minimal drone background, haunting and beautiful, lingering with secrets and mystery one that reminds us that forgiveness is not a simple task. A dark ambient soundscape using choirs and drones, creating a music that seems familiar and foreign at the same time. Its world music for a country that doesn’t exist.


Paris1919 is the group of Chris Strouth an American; Minneapolis based musician, producer, writer and filmmaker, perhaps best known for his large-scale immersive works. Paris is normally a group effort, this score is by Strouth alone, performed with a bevy of instruments ranging from synthesizers, broken guitars, cell phones and a large choir.  More info: