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Nationwide Film Event: “Desert Flower”

“The autobiographical drama Desert Flower is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller. When at the age of thirteen, Waris Dirie (Liya Kebede) discovered that her father has decided to marry her off as the fourth wife to a considerably older man, the young girl realizes that she has no choice but to flee. After going into exile with the help of distant relatives and the Somali Embassy in London, Waris goes into hiding in the big city. One day, while working as a cleaning woman in a fast-food restaurant, she attracts the attention of famous fashion photographer Terry Donaldson (Timothy Spall). From that moment on, it’s as if a fairy tale has come true: Donaldson opens the doors of the fashion world to Waris, and she ultimately becomes a well-known international model. However, after years of success, she refuses to repeat her Cinderella story during an interview to Marie Claire magazine, choosing instead to tell of the day that changed her life forever: the day of her circumcision in the Somali desert at the tender age of five.”

“The Film addresses, among other powerful themes, the issues of female genital cutting/mutilation (FGM/C) and child marriage. Based on the life story of Waris Dirie, the successful Somalian supermodel and FGM/C activist, the film explores her journey from ‘the Somalian desert to the biggest catwalks of the world.’ It is rare that a commercial film explores issues of FGM/C.”

Showing across the U.S. this March and April:

March 25th: D.C., Philadelphia
April 1st: San Diego, Detroit, Houston, Portland (OR), Atlanta, LA, NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle
April 8th: Denver, Charlotte, St. Louis, Boston, Minneapolis, Boise

For more info:

March 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Not Guilty Tees for Afghan Women

This month’s Marie Claire features an article on women imprisoned in Afghanistan for “moral crimes” – such as refusing to marry their rapist or attempting to leave an abusive husband.  They designed a special t-shirt to raise funds for the cause:

“It’s hard to imagine a worse place to be a woman than Afghanistan right now, where girls are thrown in hideous jails for “moral crimes” such as leaving a violent husband.

Karen Day’s piece in Marie Claire February issue — on newsstands everywhere Jan. 18 — so moved us, we designed this “Not Guilty” T-shirt ($25) to raise money to help the women in her story.

The Afghan Women’s Justice Project will send proceeds to non-profit groups that are working to improve imprisoned women’s lives. One shirt purchase buys a child’s milk for a month or school supplies for 10 prisoners.” (from the MC blog,

To buy the t-shirt or donate to the Afghan Women’s Justice Project:

January 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm 1 comment

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