One Woman’s Mission To Help Survivors Of Sexual Assault Heal

MARIA SHRIVER

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Just six weeks before she was crowned Miss World in 1998, Linor Abargil was brutally raped in Milan by a travel agent purporting to help her return home to Israel. She was alone, far from family, and just 18 years old.

It would be a decade before Abargil would return to Italy, this time on a quest for justice and healing and with a documentary film crew by her side.

The resulting film, “Brave Miss World,” which was five years in the making, debuts today on Netflix. Its director, Cecilia Peck, whose prior credits include the Dixie Chicks documentary “Shut-Up and Sing,” says her focus as a filmmaker is strong, brave women, and in Abargil she found the embodiment of both qualities and more.

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