How often do you walk out of a movie theatre and think, "Every person in the world needs to go see this film."
That's exactly how I felt after watching Desert Flower. Desert Flower is the story of Somalian-born Waris Dirie. Born as a nomadic goat-herder, she became one of the world's most sought-after top models. The book Desert Flower sold over 11 million copies. This story is beautiful, heartbreaking, enlightening, laugh-out-loud funny, inspiring and one scene is so gut-wrenching you won't be able to breath for 15 minutes afterwards.
Today Desert Flower opens in New York and LA. If you live on those areas, go see this movie. Seriously.
For more information, visit the desert flower website. Be sure to read the Director's Notes from Sherry Hormann. She shares this story about casting the film.
During the casting for the role of Waris in London, a 40-year old woman from Mali entered the room. I looked at her in disbelief but then, in a friendly tone, the woman began to speak out what I could not bring myself to say. “I am not your Waris, I know, and I’m much too old and I can’t act either. I work in a factory in Glasgow but I took the day off today and took the train here to tell you how important this film is for Africa.
The film is even more important for women...and the men who love them.