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K'naan invited to 2013 January Screenwriters Lab

Published December 17, 2012 10:46 am

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Sundance Institute has selected 12 projects for its 2013 January Screenwriters Lab, an immersive, five-day (January 11-16) writers' workshop at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

Participating independent screenwriters will have the opportunity to work on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers.

One of the projects at the Lab involves K'naan:

Maanokoobiyo (Somalia/U.S.A.)K'naan (writer/director)In war-torn Somalia, an artistic orphan named Maano joins the mercenary killing squad of a notorious warlord, only to discover his adoptive father and gang leader is responsible for wiping out his family.K'naan is a Somali poet, rapper and singer, songwriter. He spent his childhood in Mogadishu, Somalia and was on one of the last commercial flights out of the country before its collapse. He rose to prominence with the success of his song "Wavin' Flag" after it was chosen as the anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He lives in New York.