Issaka Sawadogo, Maïmouna Ndiaye, Souleymane Sèye Ndiaye, the cast of “Wara” can be impressive. According to the director, Charli Beleteau, if it is indeed an African series, its advantage is to “bring together actors from all over French-speaking Africa”.
Nothing changes on the side of the headliners. The public will find the main pan-African actors, of international renown, Issaka Sawadogo, Burkinabe actor, Maïmouna Ndiaye, Franco-Guinean actress, with whom Souleymane Sèye Ndiaye (Julo) and the young Frenchwoman Nancy Goulian join, but also the rapper Canabasse. Today, the series are vectors of messages, but also of entertainment and Wara’s desire, according to Charli Beleteau, is to tell a story for young people, a story that touches on subjects that we have less used to seeing in TV series. In Wara, we find themes such as student movements, corruption, political clientelism, women’s rights, the environment… But the novelty is that the public will discover the intimate aspect of the characters. “It is by discovering who these people really are that we will be able to understand their journey through history and the journey of this young woman who will take possession of all her means to become the mayor of Tanasanga”, he said. added. Before continuing: “In Africa, but also in the whole world, we see today more and more young people who reach high positions in the Administration, in politics. And I find it interesting to shed some light on these people. And it was also the wish of my Nigerian co-author to tell stories that touch these young people. This season 2 develops in a serial adventure of 6 episodes of 45 minutes, with no difference compared to other African fictions. “I think Wara is a real African series with the advantage perhaps, compared to more national series, of being a pan-African series that brings together actors from all over French-speaking Africa. So we’re quite proud of it and I think what’s important with Wara is that we’re opening a door that doesn’t yet exist,” he says, while admitting that it’s difficult to estimate the budget. According to him, there is no funding across French-speaking Africa that can help cinema and audiovisual, unlike French production.