Thursday, 8 – 10.30pm
An exclusive screening of thought-provoking documentary films, including the BAFTA-nominated film ‘The Unspeakable Crime: Rape’, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers Sara Hardy and Blue Ryan and Emmy-nominated documentary ‘Brave Miss World’.
Sara Hardy and Blue Ryan co-founded Gold Star Productions in 2009, after working together as a two-person filming team for many productions during long, separate careers at the BBC. They aim to make films which increase public understanding and work collaboratively with people sharing their stories.
Gold Star gained its first commission from the BBC for a challenging film about England’s pioneering sexual assault referral centre, St Mary’s in Manchester. BBC One’s The Unspeakable Crime: Rape shows the shocking volume and scale of sexual assault in our society. During the filming over 1,000 people came to the centre saying they’d been raped. The film was nominated for several awards and is being used internationally to train those working in the field of rape and sexual assault.
Sara and Blue have just completed a documentary series on the work of the Crown Prosecution Service for BBC Four.
Brave Miss World
Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil was abducted and raped in Milan, Italy two months before being crowned Miss World in 1998. Ten years later, she’s ready to talk about it – and to encourage others to speak out. Now a globe-trotting victims’ advocate, Linor encourages others to stand against sexual violence by putting an end to their silence. She travels to speak with teens in South Africa, where girls are statistically more likely to be raped than educated. She visits U.S. college campuses where women describe a campus culture that fails to take assaults seriously. From rape crisis centers worldwide, to Hollywood’s living rooms, Linor is met with emotional support, but the advocacy work causes her own trauma to resurface. When she attends a celebrity rape trial that hits too close to home, she suffers a breakdown and symptoms of PTSD. In searching for something to ease her pain, Linor turns to Orthodox Judaism. “It’s like losing a daughter,” her secular mother laments. “But better than alcohol, anorexia, bulimia, or so many other crises that can happen to victims.” Linor returns to Italy for the first time since her rape, in an attempt to face her fears and to find the prosecutor who collaborated with Israeli authorities to arrest the serial rapist. While there, in an extraordinary twist of fate, she meets up with another woman raped by the same man in eerily identical circumstances. For victims of sexual assault, the journey toward wholeness never ends; still, Linor Abargil, the Brave Miss World, continues her unflinching efforts to keep the nightmares at bay.
The film is supported by grants from Women In Film, Foundation for Jewish Culture, Artemis Rising Foundation and The Fledgling Fund.
Brave Miss World: 8:05 – 9:05
10 minute break
The Unspeakable Crime: Rape: 9:15 – 10:15
Q&A until 10:45
Tickets are available on Eventbrite – book early to avoid disappointment as space at the venue is very limited.