HBO’s picked up a new show titled Mogadishu Minnesota, executive produced by Kathryn Bigelow. The pilot is written and directed by Somali Canadian rapper K’Naan Warsame.

Warsame was born and raised in Mogadishu until escalating violence led his mother to move their family to join his father in New York. They then relocated to Toronto. The show is supposed to follow the experience of growing up in a Somali community within Minneapolis. Indiewire reports:

Viewers will “draw open an iron curtain behind which they will see the highly impenetrable world of Jihadi recruitment,” said an early description of the series.

Carolyn Strauss, former HBO president, will also executive produce. This pilot is one of the first to come under the new president of programming Casey Bloys.


Bigelow is also working on an untitled film that takes place during the Detroit riots of 1967, which is set to go in production this summer.

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