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Mogadishu, MN HBO virtual reality disrupts normal reality for days at 26th St. and Bloomington Ave.

BY HARVEY WINJE

Film crews busied themselves around 26th St. & Bloomington Avenue from Oct 17th thru 20th  as HBO continued to shoot “Mogadishu, Minnesota.”

The HBO drama follows a Somali-American family based in Minneapolis.

The crew was set up, with large screens, lighting, props, Hi-tech equipment and many trucks and trailers including a fauz car collision that, ironically, happens in reality at that intersection far too often on normal days.

Reportedly, 90 percent of the crew being used for the project are local people although a food catering truck was from California (with one staff from Powderhorn Neighborhood and one from Brainerd, MN). Similar scenes of film production are also occurring in other locations across the Twin Cities to be featured in the show; many in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood where there is opposition to the production as influencing discriminatory stereotypes.

Kathryn Bigelow is one of the producers behind the project. She is best known for “Zero Dark Thirty,” and “The Hurt Locker,” which won the Oscar for best picture in 2009.

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