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‘Brave Miss World’ snags Emmy nod

Documentary by director Cecilia Peck tells stirring story of Israeli Linor Abargil, a former beauty queen and rape victim

Debra writes for the JTA, and is a former features writer for The Times of Israel.

“Brave Miss World,” a documentary about former Miss World Linor Abargil, picked up an Emmy nomination for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking on Thursday.

Abargil, an Israeli beauty queen and former model, was crowned Miss World in 1998, just a handful of weeks after being brutally raped by a travel agent.

Rather than keep mum about the experience, she began a worldwide campaign to encourage other victims of sexual abuse and violence to speak about their experiences, an endeavor that is chronicled in the film.

Directed by Cecilia Peck, the critically-acclaimed director and daughter of actor Gregory Peck, “Brave Miss World” opened to modest fanfare in 2013 but has received considerable play at Jewish Community Centers and on the festival circuit.

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards will be held August 25 at the Nokia Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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