Brave Miss World
(88 min) Israel/US
[watch trailer]

Monday 10/20, 7:30 PM (Session 14)

Director: Cecilia Peck
Producers: Cecilia Peck, Inbal Lessner, Motty Reif


Miss Israel Linor Abargil was abducted, stabbed and raped in Milan, Italy at age eighteen. She had to represent her country in the Miss World competition only six weeks later. When to her shock she was crowned the winner, she vowed to do something about rape. The film follows her from the rape to her crowning and through her crusade to fight for justice and break the silence. During her travels to speak out and meet with other rape victims, her own trauma begins to resurface. Her serial rapist becomes eligible for parole, and she has to hunt down his previous victims in order to help keep him behind bars. The film explores the trauma of sexual assault through one young woman’s journey from teenage rape victim to Miss World to empowered lawyer and activist.


Cecilia Peck directed and produced Shut Up & Sing, about the backlash against the Dixie Chicks for opposing the Iraq War. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2007 Academy Awards. Cecilia’s documentary credits as producer include A Conversation with Gregory Peck, a Special Selection in the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, as well as a special presentation for TCM and PBS American Masters, and Justice For All, an examination of capital punishment, which was awarded the Silver Gavel Award. She was associate producer on Defending Our Daughters, about women’s human rights for Lifetime Television, which was honored with the Voices of Courage Award by the Women’s Refugee Committee. As an actress, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in The Portrait. She has been contributing editor at Premiere Magazine and Moving Pictures Magazine, and has served on the jury of Aspen Shortsfest and the Cognac Film Festival. She is in pre-production on a documentary with Los Angeles lawyer and civil rights advocate Connie Rice. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with Daniel and their two children in Los Angeles. She holds dual citizenship in the US and France, and is French speaking. Her Los Angeles based company, Rocket Girl Productions, produces independent feature films and documentaries.

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