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Park City Film Series screening of ‘Brave Miss World’ will raise awareness for Women’s Giving Fund

Throughout its history, the Park City Film Series has brought an array of thought-provoking, independent arthouse films to the community.

In addition to its regular weekend screenings that run Fridays through Sundays, the film series has designated the second Thursday of each month for its free Reel Community Series screenings, which feature films that are shown thanks to a collaboration with other nonprofit organizations in the area.

On Thursday, Jan. 9, the Park City Film Series will join forces with the Park City Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Fund and the Utah Film Center to screen Cecilia Peck’s documentary, "Brave Miss World."

The film, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jim Santy Auditorium, is about Linor Abargil, who was abducted and raped by a man who was supposed to protect her two months before she was crowned Miss World in 1988.

In 2008, Abargil decided to talk about her ordeal and help raise awareness of the epidemic of sexual violence towards women around the world.

One of the film’s executive producers, filmmaker Geralyn Dreyfous, founder and chairwoman of the Utah Film Center, will introduce the film and hold a question and answer session at the end of the screening, said Katharine Wang, Park City Film Series executive director.

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"This is amazing for us," Wang told The Park Record. "This is a fantastic film and it’s amazing for us to have Geralyn come on site and talk about the film."

Peregrine Bosler, development manager for the Park City Community Foundation, said partnering with the Park City Film Series and the Utah Film Center for the screening is a great way to raise awareness of the Women’s Giving Fund.

The goal of the fund is to get 1,000 women and girls to donate $1,000 to create a $1 million endowment that will be used by the Park City Foundation to create grants to various Summit County charities that benefit women and children, Bosler said.

"One way to do that is to host events and fundraisers," Bosler said. "The exciting thing about the Women’s Giving Fund is that there are many impressive and exciting women who are members."

Dreyfous happens to be a member, Bosler said.

"Geralyn offered to let us screen the film as a way to raise awareness about the fund," she said. "We, in turn, talked with Katy Wang, who was excited about it as well and said we could do the screening for the Reel Community Series."

The Park City Community Foundation used some of its community fund to underwrite the screening.

"So far we have 732 members in the Women’s Giving Fund," Bosler said. "That shows us that the community knows a little about us, but we also know that there are others who don’t know about us. So that’s why we’re doing this and it’s exciting to work with the Park City Film Series and the Utah Film Center, because we couldn’t do this on our own.

"There are a lot of amazing nonprofits in Summit County that serve women and children," she said. "We have the opportunity to distribute high-impact grants, which really can be game changing for these nonprofits and those who receive their services."

The Park City Film Series, in partnership with the Utah Film Center and the Park City Community Foundation, will present a free screening of Celia Peck’s "Brave Miss World," not rated, at the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. Utah Film Center founder and chairwoman Geralyn Dreyfous will introduce the film. For more information, visit .