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DESERT FLOWER

Germany / Austria / France, 2004 (MIFF 2005, Next Gen)

Director: Sherry Hormann

The remarkable story of a Cinderella-like transformation from rags to riches - and it's all true.

Based on the best-selling autobiography of Waris Dirie, Desert Flower is the inspirational true-story of a Somali nomad who escaped a cruel fate to find a better life as a supermodel in England. But beneath the glitz and glamour of Dirie's life lurks a darker reality - the scars carried from her youth, a legacy of a barbaric practice.

Fleeing the deserts of Somalia as a teenager to escape an arranged marriage, Dirie's remarkable journey took her across the world, from poverty in Mogadishu to fame and success in London, and led her to represent the UN as a fierce advocate against female circumcision.

Contains two scenes that may distress sensitive viewers

MIFF Recommends: Age 15+
Some adult themes, mild sexual activity, violence and coarse language

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