Desert Flower

I saw Desert Flower last night...and it was one of THE most intriguing, emotional, captivating films I've seen in a really long time.

The cinematography was breathtaking, the actress who played Waris, Liya Kebede, was so convincing. I seriously wanted to take her and the women in the film home with me. I don't know what's come over me, but I've had a craving to celebrate women as a whole as of late. I just think we women have been given the short end of the stick...(understatement of the CENTURY!) and it's only right to put as much positivity out there as I possibly can.

When I was in college a professor was kind enough to recommend the book Possessing the Secret of Joy to me...Because of that book I was somewhat prepared to hear the awful truths the movie dealt with--the practice of female genital mutilation. I didn't prepare B enough, though. She sat, tears heavy in her eyes, clutching her mouth through most of the movie. It's intense. I won't lie. Not graphic, but the director was an excellent storyteller and the actors, amazing...You're there and you'll feel what those women are feeling. Trust...

It's a necessary film. It's a brilliant film and I totally recommend you seek it out and watch. I write seek because it's a hard one to find. In all of Los Angeles, only ONE theater was showing it. Crazy, I know. In the U.S. it only grossed $7,000 back in 2009. That's a damn shame if you ask me. This isn't the kind of movie some will hate and some will love...not the movie you'll take popcorn into and forget 30 minutes after the credits roll. This is the type of film that will knock at your bones. It'll beat down the walls until you feel it in your gut...This is a movie that speaks to the heart and proves just what I've believed all along...women really are beautiful, powerful and stronger than we give ourselves credit for most of the time.


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