Wednesday, March 16, 2011

DESERT FLOWER Premiers on March 18

DESERT FLOWER by Waris DirieA film based on our book Desert Flower by Waris Dirie with Cathleen Miller premieres this Friday in New York and Los Angeles—and it will roll out across the rest of the country in the following weeks.

The book and film are just right for educators during March—Women’s History Month. Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert when she was barely in her teens, illiterate and impoverished, with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl. She traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu—the first leg of a remarkable journey that would take her to London, where she worked as a house servant; then to nearly every corner of the globe as an internationally renowned fashion model; and ultimately to New York City, where she became a human rights ambassador for the U.N. Desert Flower is her extraordinary story.

“Waris Dirie is a remarkable and courageous person. Her story is an inspiration. Not only did Waris overcome obstacles that would defeat most people, but as UNFPA Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation, she will serve as a leader in the struggle to end all forms of discrimination against women.”—Dr. Nafis Sadik, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund

You can watch the trailer for the film here.

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