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½ August 15, 2016
Let me start off by sharing some statistics with you. In the US, one in five women will be raped or will experience attempted rape... and only 12 percent of the cases will get reported. In South Africa, which is (apparently) the rape capital of the world, a woman is more likely to get raped than educated. Closer to home, in Hong Kong last year (2013), one in seven women experienced sexual violence. Sobering stuff.

The documentary BRAVE MISS WORLD (directed by Cecilia Peck) follows former Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil on her global quest to give a voice to women who have experienced sexual violence. Linor, herself, was raped just six weeks before being crowned Miss World in 1988. Fortunately, her rapist was caught and sentenced to 16 years in prison. (He is scheduled to be released later this year.)

In 1998, Linor started a website where these women could share their experiences and feelings. Within weeks, the site was swamped with testimonies from all over the world. In some of the cases, the rapes were not even reported due to family, school or police pressure, or because the women themselves thought it was their fault. In almost every case though, the women were still suffering inside, with many of them taking on self-destructive behaviours. Very quickly Linor went from being a blogger to a becoming vocal advocate, counseling women to report their rapes, and empowering them to discuss their feelings with their family and friends. As she says to many of these women, the worst has already happened.

Unfortunately for Linor though, hearing all these survivors' stories took its toll on her. Linor's own wounds, which she thought had healed, began to open up. Her solution was to become more religiously observant. Day by day, Linor changed her eating habits, her clothing and her relationships. Needless to say, these changes weren't easy for her family, friends and her boyfriend, but they all accepted them as part of Linor's healing process. She also went back to school to get her law degree so that she could fight to strengthen the legislation against perpetrators of sexual violence in Israel while improving the rights of the victims of these crimes.

As far as filmmaking goes, BRAVE MISS WORLD is straightforward and competent. Archival footage is seamlessly mixed with both recreated and current milestones in Linor's journey resulting in a truly inspiring story about a very courageous woman. The director has said that the film took five years to make because her funding kept running dry. It's probably just as well, as we are able to watch Linor change as her mission grows and develops.

I don't mind letting on that this story has a happy ending, not just for Linor but for many of the women she touched along the way. However, so much work still needs to be done before her job is over.
August 15, 2015
A powerful documentary of a fighter who was crowned Miss World several weeks after she was raped. She now runs an international support group for rape victims.
½ March 4, 2015
um...i would suggest that this woman read about the white savior complex.
½ July 5, 2014
I think this story should've been said in a different way...a more interesting one perhaps...
July 1, 2014
Absolutely awe inspiring documentary of a brave, brave woman.
June 24, 2014
inspiring and thought provocative tale of rape and the strength of survival
June 20, 2014
Linor Abargil won the Miss World pageant in 1998 at the age of 19 while representing her homeland of Israel. The intelligent beauty queen was poised and professional on stage although she harbored a terrible secret -- she had been raped a few weeks prior to the pageant by a man she was supposed to be able to trust. Brave Miss World is a surprisingly strong documentary about this young woman who has traveled the globe ten years later after finding her inner courage to speak out publicly about the horrific event in which her life was endangered and to also bring advocacy to a much maligned group of individuals (the victims of sexual assault). I don't think it is as strong as The Invisible War from 2012 but this film is more personal and focused on Abargil. The film is one punch to the gut after another and is potent as the Brave Miss World talks and comforts others into believing that talking about this is what needs to be done. Those who commit these barbaric need to be shamed ... not the innocents on which they are committed. The film is harrowing at times but it doesn't really know when to end as it does so rather abruptly. As the film also decides to focus on Linor trying to put her attacker in prison, the audience loses a bit of the other connections Linor is making and it makes the film slightly off-balance.
June 25, 2013
Pretty good advocacy piece. It immerses you in the world of rape victims effectively. It does get a bit redundant though.
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