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R| 2 hr. 4 min.

Plot Summary
Waris Dirie (Liya Kebede) escapes from the horrors of Somalia to work in London, where a photographer (Timothy Spall) and an agent (Juliet Stevenson) turn her into a top supermodel.

Cast: Liya Kebede , Sally Hawkins , Timothy Spall , Juliet Stevenson , Craig Parkinson , Anthony Mackie , Meera Syal , Soraya Omar-Scego

Director: Sherry Hormann

Genres: Biography, Drama

Distributor: National Geographic

Desert Flower (2009)

Release Date: March 18th, 2011|2 hr. 4 min.

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critic reviews (7)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The broad comedy clashes with the movie's final message: that 6,000 girls face genital mutilation every day. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Desert Flower tells a rags-to-riches story, but it plays like two stories in conflict. Everything involving Waris in Africa or in London before her success feels true and heartfelt. Many later details are badly handled. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Suffers from a lack of focus and a sitcom script. show more

  • April 21, 2011 pb00000000089512
    Report This User

    Good film that brings attention to the serious nature of an ongoing horrific practice done on women and how one woman took her fame to bring it light. Heartbreakingly sad at times...not suitable for children.

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