‘Damaro’ on African TV beat

12-part police series to be filmed 'without macabre violence'

JOHANNESBURG — Filming has begun in the West African state of Burkina Faso on the continent’s first television police series, “Commissaire Damaro” (Police Chief Damaro).

The 12-part series will be set in four African capitals — Ouagadougo (Burkina Faso), Libreville (Gabon), Conakry (Guinea) and Dakar (Senegal) — according to Guinean director Mamady Sidibe.

The French-lingo series will be filmed “without the macabre violence that characterizes foreign police series,” he said.

Skein stars well-known African thesps Makena Diop of Senegal, Beausson Nadege of the Ivory Coast, Abdoulaye Komboudri and Rasmane Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso, and Philippe Moris and Jean-Claude Mpaka of Gabon.

The project is supported by the French Foreign Ministry, the Francophone Agency and Burkina Faso’s cinema industry.

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