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Desert Flower (2009)

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Waris Dirie, born 1965 in Somalia, flees at 13 when sold as 4th wife. She's maid at the Somalian embassy in London, then McDonald's, where she's discovered and becomes int'l top model. 1997, she speaks up against female genital mutilation.

Director:

Sherry Hormann

Writers:

Waris Dirie (novel), Sherry Hormann | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Soraya Omar-Scego Soraya Omar-Scego ... Young Waris
Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh ... Old Man
Awa Saïd Darar Awa Saïd Darar ... Amina
Roun Daher Aïnan Roun Daher Aïnan ... Waris' Mother
Osman Aden Dalieg Osman Aden Dalieg ... Waris' Father
Liya Kebede ... Waris Dirie
Sally Hawkins ... Marilyn
Meera Syal ... Pushpa Patel
Anna Hilgedieck Anna Hilgedieck ... Girl in Shower
Lucrezia Phantazia Lucrezia Phantazia ... Girl in Boardinghouse
Craig Parkinson ... Neil
Matthew Alexander Kaufman Matthew Alexander Kaufman ... Fastfood Manager (as Matt Kaufman)
Timothy Spall ... Terry Donaldson
Prashant Prabhakar ... Kami
Anthony Mackie ... Harold Jackson
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The autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the age of 38, the UN spokeswoman against female genital mutilation (FGM). Written by Athina-90

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Taglines:

The extraordinary true story of the woman who crossed the desert and changed the world.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent content, a scene of sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Safa Idriss Nour, who plays 3 year-old Waris, is the subject of Ms. Dirie's most recent book Saving Safa: Rescuing a Little Girl from FGM. See more »

Goofs

Lucinda (from the modeling agency) says to Waris she would be without broadband in Africa. Broadband didn't exist in the early to mid 80s when this story took place. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Movie Friends: Prashant Prabhakar (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Stranger In This Land
Music and Lyrics by Joy Denalane, Max Herre and Sekou A. Neblett (as Sekou Neblett)
Performed by Joy Denalane
Produced by Max Herre
Courtesy of Nesola GmbH, Four Music Productions GmbH and Sony Music Entertainment (Germany) GmbH
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Unimaginably important viewing
27 November 2012 | by KexUKSee all my reviews

In life (I'm 68) there are only a few films that really 'cut into your soul and plant themselves'. Most of the ones that do this to me are real-life stories.Gandhi,Lawrence of Arabia, one of the early Titanic films (I was about 9 years old I think). Desert Flower,for all it's minor failings as a film (I stress minor) planted itself firmly in my heart and will not depart. It shames my manhood (in a good way). It demands of me a greater tolerance of others and a resistance to methodologies/traditions that limit the full potential of another human being.. It tells an incredible story of an incredible woman with an incredible spirit. . Unimaginably important viewing.


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Country:

UK | Germany | Austria | France

Language:

English | Somali | French

Release Date:

24 September 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,657, 20 March 2011

Gross USA:

$44,348

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,682,943
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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