**2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship - TOP 50**
**2016 NY Stage & Film Screenwriting Lab**
genre: sports/historical drama
status: script complete; available for option
logline: THE LIONS OF MESOPOTAMIA is based on the true events of the Iraqi National Football Team's quest to qualify for the World Cup during the reign of Saddam Hussein, and the hope they inspired in one young boy growing up in Baghdad.
A rare, humanistic look at a nation plagued by violence and conflict.
"What a devastating and moving premise... [Robin Rose Singer] imbues an otherwise horrific tale with instances of love and humanity. The Lions of Mesopotamia feels like it has the potential to be a prestige movie." -- The Black List