Desert Flower

Desert Flower

DVD - 2011
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Inspired by the life of Waris Dirie, including how she escaped from an arranged marriage at the age of thirteen and embarked upon a two-hundred-mile journey across the desert of Somalia in an adventure that eventually led her into a modeling career.
Publisher: New York : Virgil Films, c2011
Branch Call Number: DESERT FLOWER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 12, 2017

This story really makes you think about the sometimes brutal customs brought to North America by various immigrants, who value their old traditions more than criminal law. Please leave that old stuff behind!

Sep 03, 2016

What a powerful story. Beautiful creation of the black diaspora meeting the rest of the world right where they are. A beautiful gift of heart and soul.

Mar 29, 2015

This 2-hour film from National Geographic is based on a true story, which is fairly well told in the film. The subject of genital mutilation became part of the message that Waris, the protagonist, wanted to highlight in the latter part of the film. My main disappointment is the absence of news of Waris' on-paper-only husband, without whose help she would have been deported back to Somalia and this story simply would not have materialized.

Sep 18, 2014

This movie is very touching and a great story. For what this poor girl went through it feels as though the producers felt her story was enough that they didn’t need to put any effort into the movie itself. Could have been much better and more powerful. Also very long at times. Still a good movie.

Sep 05, 2014

Brutally honest.....a courageous, strong woman.....highly recommend

Nov 03, 2013

I love National Geographic Films. They always open my eyes & heart. Waris has a powerful story. I rooted for her the whole way! Highly recommend. Not for children.

Oct 08, 2013

Moving story. Bravo to Waris Dirie for speaking up.

Feb 10, 2013

Good, but hard to watch for the content in places. An excellent way to lead people to an understanding of the problems inherent in the terrible custom of female genital mutilation. A real eye-opener. We did have to ffwd through some of it - just couldn't stomach the brutality. As others have said, though, there is humour and lightness as well. Nuanced and gracefully told.

Feb 09, 2013

Based on Waris Dirie's autobiography. Story of a young girl who flees an arranged marriage in Africa and ends up in London. A chance meeting with a photographer puts her on a wild ride to becoming a super model. Without giving too much away there is a scene that simulates genital mutilation of a young girl. Every woman in America should be forced to watch this horrible scene. Then they can appreciate the horror they put their male babies through when they are circumcised. Today the female version (which is far more extensive) is illegal here, and one day when we become more civilized male circumcision will be. Both are a hate crime, by men in Africa who feel women are property and women in America to their young boys because they hate men.

Aug 27, 2012

important subject matter done justice.

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