Desert Flower (2009) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. So "Desert Flower" tells a rags-to-riches story, but it plays like two stories in conflict. Directed by Sherry Hormann. "Desert Flower," a well-made film that depicts the remarkable life of the model Waris Dirie, manages to be both a classic feel-good story and about as far from a feel-good story as you can get. Desert Flower. Home; History of Female Circumcision in Somalia ; Biography of Waris Dirie; Themes and Characters ; Quotations; Related Links ; CHaracters. 1997, she speaks up against female genital mutilation. Waris Dirie, born 1965 in Somalia, flees at 13 when sold as 4th wife. Everything involving Waris in Africa or in London before her success feels true and … She's maid at the Somalian embassy in London, then McDonald's, where she's discovered and becomes int'l top model. With Soraya Omar-Scego, Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh, Awa Saïd Darar, Roun Daher Aïnan.
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