Desert Flower (2009)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Soraya Omar-Scego ...
Young Waris
Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh ...
Old Man
Awa Saïd Darar ...
Roun Daher Aïnan ...
Waris' Mother
Osman Aden Dalieg ...
Waris' Father
Waris Dirie
Pushpa Patel
Anna Hilgedieck ...
Girl in Shower
Girl in Boardinghouse
Craig Parkinson ...
Matthew Kaufman ...
Fastfood Manager (as Matt Kaufman)
Terry Donaldson
Prashant Prabhakar ...
Harold Jackson


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.


Biography | Drama

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

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Release Date:

24 September 2009 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Flor do Deserto  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$44,348 (USA) (29 April 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first project of the Waris Dirie Foundation, now called the Desert Flower Foundation, was preventing Safa, the small girl in the fgm scene from becoming a real life victim of this cruel ritual. The sponsorship program they developed was so successful that it quickly expanded and now saves hundreds of children each year. See more »


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 »


Referenced in RTL Boulevard: Episode #11.70 (2010) See more »


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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31 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The true story of Waris Dirie, a Somalia girl from a desert region and promised to a miserable local life, who fled to England and eventually became a top model. But the real story, the one that begins the day that changed her life, is another one. Hard and repulsive story, heir of a Somali tradition of 3000 years. A strong and true message, which calls for our humanity. Superb interpretation. Simple direction, valuing the natural interpretation, and decorated with a lot of beautiful film views. Another important point of the message is this distinction between the Somalia tradition and the Coran recommendations. See and support absolutely.

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