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Written on: 22/06/2012
'Desert Flower' is the amazing story of Waris Dirie, a Somalian nomad girl who once walked thousands of miles through the Somalian desert, escaping from her arranged wedding; walked and worked as a maid without any rights to live her own life; continued walking to fulfil her dreams of a better future; walked as an international model at New York's, London's and Paris' most important runway shows; and now continues walking and fighting as a U.N. ambassador against female genital mutilation. Waris… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/06/2012
Desert Flowor is the film adaptaion of the corrspondent book which is written by Waris Dirie. It tells the story of her life: From a Somalion Nomade, who was circumcised at the age of 5, to a model and UN-Ambassador. The film shows the emotional and painful life of Waris in an entertaining way. Because of this, the intention why Dirie wrote the book gets a bit lost (She wants to dedicate her life for the fight against circumcision and the respect for the human dignity). It is possible to… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/06/2012 by Star1234 (1 review written)
In my point of view "Desert Flower" is a real and also a touching story. I admire Waris because she is a fighter. The movie brings the Nomads life close to the viewers. The storyline captures the attention of the viewers right from the beginning. This story really shows that if you have the will, you can reach nearly everything in life. But I think the mainplot is about circumcision. The movie makes the people aware of the terrible tradition which is still represented in Somalia. But… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/06/2012 by Guest1002 (1 review written)
The film "desert flower" is about Waris Dirie, a nomad girl who lives in the somalian desert and than escapes to london and become a topmodel. The story in the film tells more about female circumcision than about the life of this impressive and strong somalian girl. In the book with the same name, we can find out more about Waris life and other traditions in somalia. The movie is not bad, it is just totally different from the book.It has another structure.But especially the backround music in… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/06/2012
The film shows the directors intention of making people aware of female circumcision in an impressing and reliable way. That is also because of the actor Lyia Kebebe who plays Waris Dirie. She shows Waris development from a Nomad to a successful model and especially to a strong woman very good. The movie ist different from the biographie because the structure and intention is different. Watching the movie after reading the book was therefore kind of confusing because you cannnot expect the same… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/06/2012
This novel and the movie based on it tell the story of a great woman with an incredibly strong will. I really like the book, Waris Dirie is a beautiful inspiration to anyone. While I do like the movie, too, I am sure I would have liked it much more if I hadn't read the book before I watched the movie. The structure is completely changed and many scenes that were important for me were left out, as well as the movie makers chose to make a lot of character changes. The movie is intended to raise… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/06/2012
My opinion is at first that the movie is played by really great actors, especially Lyia Kebebe as Waris Dirie. She is doing a great job showing the viewer the story of a nomad girl becoming a model and UN-ambassador. The movie also deals with female circumcision and the intention is to make people aware of this dangerous practise. After reading Waris Dirie's biography I visualized the film different and more like the book, but some facts are changed or completely left out and the structure… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/06/2012
I really liked the movie itself, even though it was not the way i expected it to be. Compared to the book, the movie is completely different. The scenes i found most important in the book were not shown in the movie, for example the scene when Waris meets her mum again after 20 years. But what I really loved about the movie was Liya Kebede in her role as Waris and also the other actors like Sally Hawkins and Timothy Spall. The movie is not structured in the way the book is, but that really… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/06/2012 by C.S.V. (1 review written)
Waris Dirie tells her own story of growing up in the desert, escaping to England, becoming a model and eventually an U.N. ambassador. It is a very emotional story, you can really imagine how she feels in every situation she describes. This story gives you a great view on the life of desert nomads, which is plenty of work and danger, and shows you how people are formed by nomad's life. But the real topic of the story is neither nomad's life nor modeling. It is about circumcision. Waris Dirie… Read Full Review
Written on: 26/02/2008
It's a great real story, that touches you, and make you admire that woman... the fighter, who survived dangerous situations,and upbringing. it is a story that you can not put down once you start reading it . im so proud of that woman and all her achievements on all levels. and it is so easy to read , even if your English is not your first language.."like me".
After all, it is a very positive story that makes think differently, and more positive once you finish it.
Great... great story.
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Written on: 25/02/2008 by haya (1 review written)
Great story of courage. I admire this woman, i mean this "nomad" fighter... after all, it is a very positive story, even though I cried many times while reading it. "Waris Dirie"...I admire your determination, faith and courage and most of all, your love to your country… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/08/2004 by skateychicknz (1 review written)
Waris Dirie, Desert Flower - I recommend this book to everyone over 13. No matter what your living situation is, this book truly brings you into the African environment. Waris shows huge courage and determination in dealing with whatever life hands her. She is a huge inspiration and proves that people can do anything and no matter how bad things get they can always improve. It is extremely moving and is definitely a book you can't put down. Right from the start it gets straight into it… Read Full Review