Brave Miss World
Directed by Cecilia Peck, Producers: Cecilia Peck, Motty Reif, Inbal Lessner
Brave Miss World tells the story of Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil, who was abducted and raped two months before being crowned Miss World in 1998. The film traces her fight for justice, in her own case and on behalf of other women. As a global victims’ advocate, Linor encourages people to stand against sexual violence by putting an end to their silence. She travels to meet teens in South Africa, where girls are statistically more likely to be raped than educated. She visits Princeton and UC Santa Barbara, where women describe a campus culture that fails to take assaults seriously. From rape crisis centers to Hollywood’s living rooms, Linor is met with emotional support. Yet when she attends a celebrity rape trial that hits too close to home, she suffers a breakdown. In searching for something to ease her pain, Linor’s life takes a dramatic turn. For victims of sexual assault, the journey toward wholeness never ends; still, Linor Abargil, the Brave MIss World, continues her unflinching efforts to fight for justice and to keep the nightmares at bay.
From the streets of Mumbai to college campuses in the U.S., the lack of justice available to survivors of rape is among the most critical issues of our times.
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