HBIC| PuntExit Activist | PhD in Langaab Studies
http://www.ew.com/article/2015/12/11/kathryn-bigelow-knaan-hbo-*****iThe recent ISIS-affiliated terror attacks have left many wondering how such *****i organizations attract and train so many new recruits. HBO will soon provide a fictionalized look inside *****i recruitment.
EW has confirmed that Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow is developing The Recruiters, which will be set in Minnesota and promises to “draw open an iron curtain behind which viewers will see the highly impenetrable world of *****i recruitment.”
Bigelow will split executive producing duties on the show with former HBO president Carolyn Strauss and Somali rapper/poet K’naanWarsame (of “Wavin’ Flag” fame). Warsame will also write the script and direct.
http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowan...*i-recruitment-series-the-recruiters-20151211For those unaware, a large number of the Somali immigrants settled in Minnesota, which, according to the Immigration Policy Center, has been home to the largest population of Somalis in North America since around 2012. The city of Minneapolis in particular hosts hundreds of Somali-owned and operated commercial ventures. Current estimates say that about one third of Somali Americans live in Minnesota.
Federal and Minnesota authorities have long struggled with the problem of Somali Americans leaving to join al-Shabab, with Islamic State becoming another destination for terrorist sympathizers in recent years.
In fact, just this week, Federal agents in Minneapolis arrested a 20-year-old Somali man, who they say was the “emir” – or leader – of Islamic State recruiting efforts in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame of Eagan, Minnesota appeared in the US District Court in Minneapolis on Thursday morning, to answer the charges of supplying material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He was arrested without incident on Wednesday evening, the FBI said. The criminal complaint against Warsame, signed by FBI Special Agent Vadim Vinetsky, says that a group of at least ten young Somalis from Minnesota began conspiring to join Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in the spring of 2014. One member of the group, 18-year-old Abdi Nir, actually managed to get to Syria in May 2014, while nine others have been arrested by the FBI.
So, like I said, certainly a timely drama series for HBO to consider; and given that it's coming from K'naan (a Muslim of Somali ancestry, with deep connections to his community, and who has seen childhood friends lost), I'd assume that audiences will get a more comprehensive, if personal look at this particular struggle.