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Desert Flower is a 2009 film based on the book of the same name. Model, actress, public figure decided to reveal the truth about what is really happening to women in her native country. You will learn all this from Waris Dirie. "Desert Flower" is an autobiographical book about the life of a little girl, and in the future - a world-famous model, who was born in Somalia in 1965 in a nomadic family. Waris talks warmly about his family, and especially about his mother. The girl's parents had 12 children. The conditions in the desert are very harsh - it’s hard to get food, and you don’t even have to dream about water, since sometimes you can wait for it for several months. Therefore, only six children survived, and among them - the desert flower, Waris.
When the girl was 5 years old, she underwent a brutal rite of female circumcision that changed her life forever. After that, the girl came to her senses for a long time, but even now she admits that she could not find either physical or moral healing.
According to the laws of the desert, girls were married very early, and it was a great success to marry a daughter to a rich man, since as a paymentfor his wife, he could provide a comfortable existence for her family for a long time. At the age of 13, Waris had to run away from his family. She was afraid of being married to an old man who gave her father 5 camels as payment. Wandering in the desert for a long time, suffering from thirst and hunger, the girl finally gets to the city where her sister lives. Waris began to live with her, earning her bread by helping her around the house.
Later, not getting along with her sister, the girl began to serve in the house of her own aunts, after which one very influential relative took her to London so that Waris would help his wife with household chores. She got to this city with the help of fake documents, which indicated that she was not 13, but 18 years old. The girl worked for her uncle for 4 years. When Waris was 16 years old, she was noticed by a photographer named Malcolm Fairchild, who suggested that she become a model. Thinking that in this way he wants to get something from her, the girl refused. The photographer repeatedly offered her this job, and even came to her aunt, but was refused. Therefore, they will be able to work together only after 2 years, when she nevertheless decides to accept his offer. After 2 months, Waris was invited to a casting at the Crawford modeling agency, after which he was not only accepted into the main lineup of models, but also given the first order - shooting for the Pirelli calendar. After the conclusion of the contract, Waris, who had previously lived in a hostel with students and pensioners and worked as a cleaner at McDonald's, began to receive 500 pounds for each day.filming. After this contract, the girl starred in a film about James Bond. But, despite the first successes, there was a lull in the career. Waris was left destitute and threatened with deportation to Somalia. She dreamed of providing her mother with a comfortable old age, so the return was not part of her plans. The girl enters into a fictitious marriage with an American named Nigel. In the US, she was a success. She received many orders and collaborated with well-known companies. Gradually, her face increasingly began to appear on the covers of fashion magazines, which brought her worldwide fame. After some time, Waris again came to Somalia, and she managed to see her mother. The book "Desert Flower" describes all the emotions that the main character experienced when she met her mother.
One day, wandering into a jazz bar, she met her love there - drummer Dane, whom she later married. After a while, the couple had a son, who was named Aliki, which means "mighty lion" in translation.
"Desert Flower" is a book that amazes with its sincerity and poignancy. This is the story of the difficult path of a strong woman who found happiness, but could not heal her spiritual wound. Later, Desert Flower was filmed so that people could see what is still happening in some countries and fight against it.
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