An Oscar-winning Hollywood producer is being slammed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations for filming a pilot TV series about Somali refugees in Minneapolis.
The pilot series, titled “Mogadishu Minnesota,” documents the challenges of life in America faced by Somali refugees and touches on the issue of the Somali community’s well-documented problems with being fodder for jihadist recruiters. Dozens have gone off to fight for ISIS in Syria and Iraq and al-Shabab in Somalia.
But many Muslims in Minnesota say the film could stoke “Islamophobia” by perpetuating negative stereotypes, Reuters reported.
The backlash to “Mogadishu, Minnesota” started last year after early reports on the show, which the Hollywood Reporter said in December 2015 was titled “the Recruiters.”