Waris Dirie and the fight against female circumcision
  
Desert Flower: The Waris Dirie Story
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Desert Flower: The Waris Dirie Story


This film is a very beautiful biopic. How did it make you feel to see your life unfold on the screen?
It was incredible. I was even surprised by my own life. I thought "Did I really do all that?!" (laughs). In fact, it made me realise that my life story is really quite crazy, I finally understood why people were moved. Up until now I never realised, I thought it was normal. There, for the first time, I became aware of what I have achieved and I said to myself "I like this girl! This girl is incredible! She's my hero!"
 
How much say did you have on the film set?
None, I never set foot on the film set, I didn't want to hear or see what was happening. It was a choice I made. During the 4 or 5 years that the project lasted, there was no exchange. The only thing that mattered to me was that a film was made which told my story and passed on my message. I wanted it to burst onto the big screen and have a lasting impact on people. I only saw the film the day it was finished.

And at that moment, what did you think to it?
I was pleased with it because it managed to convey my message in a very strong way: the fight against female mutilations. It's the only reason why I accepted this film being made, so that people know and so that they take action.


© Bac Films


Women in Focus Editor
19/04/2010
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