Liya Kebede in person!
- DESERT FLOWER
- 2011, Sherry Hormann, UK/Germany, 124 min.
- With Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall
“Gorgeous East African landscapes and a rags-to-riches comedy-drama.”
—Derek Elley, Variety
Based on the true-life story of Somali-born supermodel Waris Dirie, this joyous biographical tale with a message mixes high-fashion glamour with an account of harrowing girlhood travails that include the customary female circumcision practiced in Dirie’s native village. Equally noted supermodel Liya Kebede does a winsome turn as the Somalian shepherd girl stranded in London, where she is befriended by a wacky Top Shop sales girl (Hawkins) and discovered by a noted photographer (Spall) before becoming a runway sensation and a United Nations advocate for genitally mutilated women and girls. In English and Somalian with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of National Geographic Entertainment. 35mm. (BS)
Star Lia Kebede will be present for audience discussion.