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Release Date: March 18th, 2011

DVD Release Date: August 3rd, 2010

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

Production Co: Desert Flower Filmproductions, Dor Film Produktionsgesellschaft GmbH, Bac Films, MTM West Television & Film GmbH, BSI International Invest, Majestic Film, ARD Degeto Film

Distributors: National Geographic

Ratings & Reviews

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

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

  • 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

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