Director: Sijiri Bakaba
Country: Ivory Coast and France
Running Time: 89 min.
Best known as black Africa’s biggest star, Sijiri Bakaba turns director with the same style and freshness characterizing his work in front of the camera. His portrait of the Ivory Coast capital where money is king (referred to as an imaginary “Kata-Kata,” but obviously meant to be Abidjan) is devastating, while the Western-style script and fast-moving professional cinematography grabs your attention. When Kadjo comes home after two years in France, he falls in with some tough guys and plunges into the bright cityscape of nightclubs, girls, and easy cash. Offbeat and amusing, Lords boasts some very good performances, not least from the director himself as the drunken, obscene “President,” a your-de-force of abject degradation. –Deborah Young, Variety.