Screening of Brave Miss World

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium

The Hillel Department at Wellesley College proudly presents Brave Miss World, a documentary that explores the sexual assault and perseverance of Linor Abargil. Abargil and the film's director, Cecilia Peck, will introduce the film via videoconference.

In March of 1998, Linor Abargil was crowned Miss Israel. In September of that same year, she set out for Italy to begin a modeling career. When she became homesick, she reached out to her modeling agency to help her return home. They referred her to a travel agent—who abducted, stabbed, and sexually assaulted her. She escaped and reported the assult to Italian authorities, who released her travel agent due to the lack of evidence. Abargil, knowing how unfair and wrong Italian authorities were handling her case, reported the crime to Israeli authorities. Her home country tricked her rapist into returning to Israel, and convicted him of rape. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison. 

Six weeks later, Linor Abargil competed in the Miss World competition—and won.

Knowing that her story could help other women, Abargil traveled the world talking to women who were dealing with traumatic sexual assault experiences. In the film, she encourages women to seek help and use their voices to fight for justice. If victims speak out, the silence and stigma associated with being a sexual assault victim would end.

This film has been featured on CNN and MSNBC, in the Chicago Tribune, Jezebel, and L.A. Times. The film was also nominated for a 2014 Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. 

This event is generously supported by the Wilson Fund, SAAFE, SHES, Health/Wellness Center, Counseling Services at Stone Center, Women’s and Gender Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Jewish Studies, Campus Police, and the Office of the Latina Advisor.

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