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Desert Flower (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $44,348Details
International Box Office $18,360,936Details
Worldwide Box Office $18,405,284
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Like in a fairy tale, Somalian-born Waris Dirie became one of the world's most sought-after top models. Born into a family of goat-herding nomads, Waris' fascinating path would take her from the Northeast African deserts to the world's most prestigious fashion runways and magazines. At 13, Waris fled forced marriage and crossed days of desert alone before reaching the Somali capital Mogadishu. Relatives soon shipped her off to London to work as a servant in the Somali embassy, where she spent the rest of her adolescent years in illiteracy. When faced with the threat of returning to war-torn Somalia, Waris finds herself homeless and illegal. Spunky shop girl Marilyn takes Waris in and becomes a trusted friend. While working in a fast food restaurant, Waris is discovered by star photographer Terry Donaldson, and ambitious agent Lucinda guides her transformation into a working model. But behind the glamorous façade of Waris' new life lies a deeply heart-stirring fate. Despite her success, Waris remains burdened by a violent childhood secret. At the height of her career, Waris reveals to the world that she was a victim of female genital mutilation. Her story unleashes a wave of sympathy and controversy, and Waris decides to dedicate her life to fighting this barbaric tradition.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 18th, 2011 (Limited) by National Geographic Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for some violent content, a scene of sexuality and language.
(Rating bulletin 2131, 7/28/2010)
Running Time: 124 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Sex Crimes, Fashion, Religious
Source:Based on Factual Book/Article
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Desert Flower Filmproductions, Dor Film, Majestic Filmproduktion, BSI Intl. Invest, Bac Films, Mr. Brown Entertainment, MTM West Film & Television, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Backup Films
Production Countries: Australia,
United Kingdom

Leading Cast

   Waris Dirie

Supporting Cast

Sally Hawkins    Marilyn
Timothy Spall    Donaldson
Juliet Stevenson    Luncinda
Greg Parkinson    Neil
Anthony Mackie    Harold
Meera Syal    Pushpa
Soraya Omar-Scego    Young Waris

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Clara Fabry    Editor
Peter Herrmann    Producer
Benjamin Herrmann    Co-Producer
Danny Krausz    Co-Producer

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July 18th, 2011

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/03/18 79 $7,657   3 $2,552   $7,657 1
2011/03/25 74 $10,594 +38% 6 $1,766   $22,274 2
2011/04/01 81 $8,295 -22% 8 $1,037   $35,554 3
2011/04/08 98 $1,944 -77% 3 $648   $41,757 4
2011/04/15 102 $767 -61% 2 $384   $43,584 5
2011/04/22 123 $102 -87% 1 $102   $44,282 6
2011/04/29 115 $66 -35% 1 $66   $44,348 7

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/03/18 80 $11,679   3 $3,893   $11,679 1
2011/03/25 80 $15,580 +33% 6 $2,597   $27,259 2
2011/04/01 81 $12,553 -19% 8 $1,569   $39,812 3
2011/04/08 97 $3,004 -76% 3 $1,001   $42,817 4
2011/04/15 106 $1,363 -55% 2 $682   $44,180 5
2011/04/22 128 $102 -93% 1 $102   $44,282 6
2011/04/29 119 $66 -35% 1 $66   $44,348 7

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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