International film “Desert Flower” is currently being distributed globally
Desert Flower is the true story of Waris Dirie, a young African woman in fight against poverty, who achieves fame and celebrity. In her childhood, the heroine experienced poverty and genital mutilation. This film embraces nomadic culture, and brings to life an amazing story about a young desert girl who raises up to be a highly esteemed fashion model.
Like a fairy tale, Somalian-born Waris Dirie became one of the world’s most sought-after top models. Born into a family of goat-herding nomads, Waris’ fascinating path would take her from the Northeast African deserts to the world’s most prestigious fashion runways and magazines. At 13, Waris fled forced marriage and crossed days of desert alone before reaching the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Relatives soon shipped her off to London to work as a servant in the Somali embassy, where she spent the rest of her adolescent years in illiteracy. When faced with the threat of returning to war-torn Somalia, Waris finds herself homeless and illegal. Spunky shopgirl Marilyn takes Waris in and becomes a trusted friend. While working in a fast food restaurant, Waris is discovered by star photographer Terry Donaldson, and ambitious agent Lucinda guides her transformation into a working model.
But behind the glamorous facade of Waris’ new life lies a deeply heart-stirring fate. Despite her success, Waris remains burdened by a violent childhood secret. At the height of her career, Waris reveals to the world that she was a victim of female genital mutilation. Her story unleashes a wave of sympathy and controversy, and Waris decides to dedicate her life to fighting this barbaric tradition.
Desert Flower is currently being distributed across the African continent and on other continents. It sold out about 140 000 movie theatre entries in France over March (since its launch on March 10th. 2010) according to distributor Bac Films. Author and filmaker: Sherry Hormann adapted from Waris Dirie's autobiographical novel Desert Flower. The book has been printed in numerous languages and topped bestseller lists in Europe. Match Factory is in charge of International’s sales.