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 ... See full summary »

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Soraya Omar-Scego ...
Young Waris
Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh ...
Old Man
Awa Saïd Darar ...
Amina
Roun Daher Aïnan ...
Waris' Mother
Osman Aden Dalieg ...
Waris' Father
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Waris Dirie
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Marilyn
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Pushpa Patel
Anna Hilgedieck ...
Girl in Shower
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Girl in Boardinghouse
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Neil
Matthew Alexander Kaufman ...
Fastfood Manager (as Matt Kaufman)
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Terry Donaldson
Prashant Prabhakar ...
Kami
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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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The extraordinary true story of the woman who crossed the desert and changed the world.

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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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24 September 2009 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Flor do Deserto  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,657 (USA) (18 March 2011)

Gross:

$44,348 (USA) (29 April 2011)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Waris Dirie had a small role in the James Bond film The Living Daylights. 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

Let's Stick Together
Music and Lyrics by Peter Hoppe and Bernd Batke
Performed by Slackwax feat. Anna Leyne
© Published by Modern Soul and Universal Publishing
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moved to tears & deep compassion
19 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My mother kept insisting that I watch this movie but I avoided it because of the subject matter. Even in the hospital, the week before she died, she asked, "Did you see DESERT FLOWER yet? You will like it." She died last week on the Eve of Easter and last night I decided to watch it before it deleted from my DVR. I was completely enthralled and every scene drew me in moving me to a deep compassion for these mutilated women. The London fashion model scenes were a pleasant comic respite from the atrocities and it was interesting to see how Waris integrated these two worlds. Although the film has some loose ends and flaws, nothing will make you appreciate your life as a free woman until you see this film. At the very least, you might be inspired to never complain about such trivial matters as the economy, not having a boyfriend or husband or how badly you thought you were treated as a child. At the best, you will be inspired to use the fire in your life to help those who suffer needlessly in the world.


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