Desert Flower (2009)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  24 September 2009 (Germany)
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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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Aspect Ratio:

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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Movie to watch by every person who respects themselves!!!!
9 August 2012 | by (Ukraine) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the few movies that made a huge impression on me in all aspects! It's about one of the biggest world problems that unfortunately is not shown to a wide public. It's not a usual storyline with famous Hollywood actors, movies of which usually have entertaining character. This movie is for intelligent audience, who wants to know about world problems and develop themselves as humans, in order to understand many things that happen in this world. The storyline of this movie is very emotional, honest, without any special effects etc. It shows the reality side of some society, whose women suffer from stupid traditions. And because of which a lot of women do not develop as women and suffer in this world.

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