The Hillel Department at Wellesley College proudly presents Brave Miss World, a documentary/film that explores the sexual assault and perseverance of Linor Abargil.
In 1998, Linor Abargil was horrendously sexually assaulted at knifepoint by her travel agent. Abargil reported the rape 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. Linor Abargil and Cecilia Peck, the film’s director, will be joining via Skype.
Place: Jewitt Art Center Auditorium