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Scene from DESERT FLOWER (photo © Desert Flower Filmproductions/Walter Wehner/People Photography)

When Waris Dirie’s Desert Flower appeared in 1998, the world was shocked. The former supermodel tells her breathtaking life story, describing her incredible journey from a nomadic life in the deserts of Somalia to the world’s most famous catwalks. This was a dream and a nightmare at the same time. In New York, at the peak of her career, she tells in an interview of the practice of circumcision that she had to suffer when she was five. Waris Dirie decides to end her life as a model and dedicate her life to fighting this archaic ritual.
Genre Drama, Biopic
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Sherry Hormann
Screenplay Sherry Hormann
Cinematography Ken Kelsch
Clara Fabry
Martin Todsharow
Jamie Leonard
Cast Soraya Omar-Scego, Anthony Mackie, Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins, Meera Syal, Craig Parkinson, Juliet Stevenson, Timothy Spall
Producer Peter Herrmann
Co-Producers Danny Krausz, Benjamin Herrmann, Barbara Seiller, Til Schweiger, Hans-Wolfgang Jurgan, Hubert von Spreti, Bettina Reitz, Roch Lener, Martin Bruce-Clayton, David P. Kelly, Waris Dirie
Production Company Desert Flower Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Dor Film, Majestic Filmproduktion, BSI International Invest/Hamburg, BAC Films, Mr. Brown Entertainment/Berlin, MTM West/Cologne, BR, ARD Degeto, in association with Backup Films/Paris
Runtime 120 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Venice 2009 (Venice Days), San Sebastian 2009, Hamptons 2009, Thessaloniki 2009, Berlin 2010 (German Cinema), Festroia 2010, Melbourne 2010, Mill Valley 2010, Palm Springs 2011, Cleveland 2011
Awards Best European Film San Sebastian 2009, Bavarian Film Prize 2010 (Producer's Award)
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, ORF, Filmfonds Wien
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih

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