World Wise

In 1998, Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World — but just six weeks earlier, she had been abducted, stabbed and raped. Using her newfound fame as a global platform, Abargil became an advocate for victims of sexual violence. Her story is explored in the 2013 documentary Brave Miss World, which is being screened today as a fundraiser for SlutWalk Denver, an organization very much in line with Abargil’s ongoing mission.

“The documentary ultimately talks about rape culture, and it really fits with our philosophy of anti-slut-shaming, anti-victim-blaming and anti-body-policing,” says Darcy Strayer, outreach coordinator for SlutWalk Denver. The local SlutWalk march began in 2011; that year, many cities across the world organized similar events to protest a situation in Toronto where women were being blamed for their own assaults by local police.

Today’s benefit screening is meant to bolster awareness of sex-assault victims and to raise money for the 2014 edition of SlutWalk Denver, which is planned for July. Brave Miss World screens today at 2 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street. There will be a talk-back session with Strayer and other organizers following the film. Tickets are $15 at the door, or $10 if you share the event on your Facebook page. For more information, visit facebook.com/bravemissworlddoc.
Sun., April 6, 2 p.m., 2014

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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