March 27, 2018 ALL

Today: CSDI Sponsors Film at 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival

The 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF42) is finally here and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI) will be one of the hundreds of film sponsors in the greater Cleveland area! CIFF42 will be from April 4-15, 2018.

CSDI is proudly sponsoring RISKING LIGHT by Emmy Award-winning producer Dawn Mikkelson. RISKING LIGHT will screen on the following dates/times:

-Saturday April 7, 2018 at 11:40 AM at Tower City Cinemas
Sunday April 8, 2018 at 5:10 PM at Tower City Cinemas

Film Synopsis: Is forgiveness possible after experiencing deep physical and emotional trauma? That’s the challenging question posed by RISKING LIGHT, an intimate documentary profiling three people who have gone through indescribably painful ordeals. As a child, Debra Hocking was taken from her biological family and placed in an abusive foster home. Later, she discovered this removal was part of an Australian government plan to eradicate Aboriginal Tasmanians. Kilong Ung was enslaved by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and has vivid memories of the hard labor he was forced to endure. And Mary Johnson suffered the devastating loss of her only son, who was killed by a teenager named Oshea Israel. RISKING LIGHT follows the unique path each person takes as they go through the healing process. For example, Johnson bonds with Israel, which helps her recover in unexpected ways, and Ung visits Cambodia with his family and confronts his anger. RISKING LIGHT is a powerful testament to the ways compassion and reconciliation can bolster resiliency. This film will be competing for the “Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman” and the “Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition.”

JCU students receive two (2) free tickets when they sign up by visiting Requests must be received by Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at midnight. Tickets can include Risking Light and any other of the 250+ films this year. RTA All-Day Pass included.

Additional tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or in-person. Visit to learn more. All JCU students, staff, faculty, and friends receive $2.00 off any ticket purchase by using the code “JCU”when ordering tickets.

Visit to learn more about RISKING LIGHT.

Visit learn more about CIFF42.