Desert Flower

Desert Flower

Director: Sherry Hormann Cast: Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall
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Desert Flower

A woman who achieves stardom against all odds uses her celebrity to make a difference in the land she left behind in this drama based on a true story. Waris Dirie (Liya Kebede) was born in Somalia, where she was one of a dozen children raised by a family of travelers. Waris grew up poor, and at the age of five, like many girls in East Africa, she was the victim of genital mutilation, a practice performed by Muslims in the belief it will insure that the girls will remain "true virgins." At 13, Waris' family sold her to an elderly man, but rather than live under his tyranny, she ran away and eventually settled in London. After a series of odd jobs, Waris was attending school and working at a hamburger stand in her spare time when she was spotted by Terry Donaldson (Timothy Spall), a professional photographer. Terry was convinced that Waris had the looks and poise to be a model, and with the help of Lucinda (Juliet Stevenson), an agent, Waris begins making a name for herself in fashion modeling. But as she becomes an international success in the glamorous world of high fashion, Waris can't escape the cruel irony that while she's known for her sex appeal, the mutilation from her youth prevents her from fully enjoying lovemaking, and she uses her rising fame to speak out against the barbaric practice still forced upon many young girls in the Third World. Desert Flower was an official selection at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival, where it was screened as part of the "Venice Days" program.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2011
UPC: 0829567075722
Original Release: 2009
Source: Virgil Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 81,925

Special Features

Extended interviews with Liya Kebede ; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liya Kebede Waris Dirie
Sally Hawkins Marilyn
Timothy Spall Donaldson
Meera Syal Pushpa
Juliet Stevenson Lucinda
Anthony Mackie Harold
Craig Parkinson Neil
Soraya Omar-Scego Young Waris

Technical Credits
Sherry Hormann Director,Screenwriter
Gabriele Binder Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephan Colli Sound/Sound Designer
Waris Dirie Co-producer
Clara Fabry Editor
Gerhard Hegele Co-producer
Benjamin Herrmann Co-producer
Peter Herrmann Producer
John Hubbard Casting
Ros Hubbard Casting
Hans-Wolfgang Jurgan Co-producer
Ken Kelsch Cinematographer
Daniel Krausz Co-producer
Roch Lener Co-producer
Jamie Leonard Production Designer
Bettina Reitz Co-producer
Til Schweiger Co-producer
Barbara Seiller Co-producer
Hubert von Spreti Co-producer
Martin Todsharow Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Desert Flower
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [12:17]
3. Chapter 3 [11:41]
4. Chapter 4 [16:24]
5. Chapter 5 [15:49]
6. Chapter 6 [13:20]
7. Chapter 7 [13:06]
8. Chapter 8 [7:35]
9. Chapter 9 [5:23]
10. Chapter 10 [11:33]

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Desert Flower 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie moved me and left me thinking. It astounds me that genital mutilation is still taking place. There was a sweet sadness about this movie that left me wanting to know what could I do to help. I'm definitely going to suggest this to my friends and family to watch.
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