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Brave Miss World


Cecilia Peck

USA Israel Italy | 2013 | 92 min

English Hebrew Italian

with English subtitles


Weeks before winning the 1998 Miss World pageant, Moroccan-Israeli teen Linor Abargil was held captive and raped by her travel agent while heading home from an Italian modeling assignment. Ten years later, she resolved to confront her past and reach out to other rape survivors. An inspiring story about courage and the universal struggle to stop rampant sexual violence against women.

Director's Bio

Cecilia Peck (born May 1, 1958) is an American film producer, director and actress. As an actress, Peck was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for The Portrait, in which she played the daughter of her father’s character. She played the leading role in Torn Apart, and appeared in My Best Friend Is a Vampire.

Peck produced A Conversation with Gregory Peck, about her father, which premiered as a Special Selection in the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, and aired on TCM and PBS American Masters. She directed and produced the documentary short Justice For All, an examination of capital punishment, which was awarded the Silver Gavel Award. She was an associate producer on Defending Our Daughters, a non-fiction film about women’s human rights for Lifetime Television, which was awarded the Voices of Courage Award by the Women’s Refugee Committee.

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 International Film Festival, won a Special Jury Prize at the Chicago Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Sydney, Aspen, and Woodstock Film Festivals, and was shortlisted for the 2007 Academy Awards.

Peck directed and produced the feature documentary Brave Miss World (Netflix), following Linor Abargil’s fight for justice and mission to break the silence around rape. The film was nominated for the Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking in 2014.

Peck’s company, “Rocket Girl Productions”, produces independent feature films and documentaries.

Screening Schedule

March 12th
07:00 pm
CJH Auditorium