The autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the age of 38, the UN spokeswoman against circumcision.
Desert Flower is actually a very interesting movie with a cast including Sally Hawkins and Timothy Spall and Liya Kebede as the beautiful beautiful lead, Waris Dirie. It’s apparently based on a true story. In fact, I thought it was the story of Iman, the Somalian model who married David Bowie, but it’s not. Although less well known, Waris Dirie is a real woman who lived the story. What it focuses on, I’m sort of giving away the plot to a certain extent, is a horrible practice that still goes on in much of the world where female genitalia is mutilated, if not at birth, at about three years old. Basically, woman are surgerized and then sewn up so that they can’t enjoy sex. And then on their wedding night their husband slits them open and then forces himself on it. It’s a really horrible practice. It’s very dangerous. Women can die from infection. It’s bizarre and barbarian. It shouldn’t happen. This is not only a face on it, but a beautiful face on it. It’s a movie well worth seeing even if it didn’t have a message to it. I’ll give it four stars.