DESERT FLOWER

WÜSTENBLUME

By Sherry HORMANN

THE MATCH FACTORY - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2009

Her story touched the hearts of millions: Waris Dirie's book Desert Flower, which recounts her incredible journey from an African nomad girl to an international top model, became a worldwide bestseller. This is the inspiring story of an extraordinary, proud and brave woman.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • GERMANY, AUSTRIA, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 124 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sherry HORMANN
    • Writer(s)
    • Sherry HORMANN
    • Producer(s)
    • Benjamin HERRMANN, Danny KRAUSZ (Dor Film Produktion), Peter HERRMANN
    • Synopsis
    • Like in a fairy tale, Somalian-born Waris Dirie became one of the world’s most sought-after top models. Born into a family of goat-herding nomads, Waris' fascinating path would take her from the Northeast African deserts to the world's most prestigious fashion runways and magazines. At 13, Waris fled forced marriage and crossed days of desert alone before reaching the Somali capital Mogadishu. Relatives soon shipped her off to London to work as a servant in the Somali embassy, where she spent the rest of her adolescent years in illiteracy. When faced with the threat of returning to war-torn Somalia, Waris finds herself homeless and illegal. Spunky shopgirl Marilyn takes Waris in and becomes a trusted friend. While working in a fast food restaurant, Waris is discovered by star photographer Terry Donaldson, and ambitious agent Lucinda guides her transformation into a working model. But behind the glamorous facade of Waris' new life lies a deeply heart-stirring fate. Despite her success, Waris remains burdened by a violent childhood secret. At the height of her career, Waris reveals to the world that she was a victim of female genital mutilation. Her story unleashes a wave of sympathy and controversy, and Waris decides to dedicate her life to fighting this barbaric tradition.
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