Pieces d’Identités (Pieces of Identity)

Director: Mweze Ngangura
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Belgium
Year: 1998
Running Time: 94 min
Language: French

Mani Kongo, King of the Bakongo, embarks on a trip to Belgium to find his beloved daughter, Mwana, who he has lost touch with. Outfitted in full regalia and as much dignity, the African king walks into a society that neither respects his title nor values his humanity.

On arriving to Belgium, he will have to cope with the very best and the very worst of the black diaspora, as well as with prejudices rampant in European society. He himself will find good friends amongst poor low-class whites showing that nothing is ever black or white…

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About the Director

Ngangura Mwezé

mwezeBiography: Ngangura Mwezé was born in Bukavu, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on 7 October 1950. At the age of twenty he won a scholarship to go to Belgium and study at the Institut des arts de diffusion, graduating in 1975. While a student he made two short films, Tamtam électronique (1973) and Rhythm and Blood (1975). Returning to Zaire in 1976 he became a lecturer at three colleges in Kinshasa: the National Institute of Arts (INA), Institute of Science and Information Technologies (ISTI) and Studio-School of the Voice of Zaire (SEVOZA). For ten years Ngangura Mwezé made TV documentaries in Zaire. He made his first documentary, Chéri-Samba, in 1980, a portrait of a popular young painter from Kinshasa. His next work Kin Kiesse ou les Joies douces-amères de Kinshasa-la-Belle (1982) documents the sweet and sour pleasures of Kinshasa la Belle. Kin Kiesse won prizes in Ouagadougou (FESPACO ’83), Hammamet (CIRTEF ’83), and was selected for INPUT ’86 in Montreal. In 1985, returning to Europe, Ngangura Mwezé worked on the scenario of Life Is Rosy (La vie est belle, released in 1987) with funding from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

– AFF, Inc.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Life Is Rosy [La vie est belle] (1994 – Benoît Lamy, Ngangura Mwezé);
Identity Pieces [Pièces d’identités] (2000).

Tamtam électronique (1973);
Rhythm and Blood (1975);
Chéri-Samba (1980);
Kin Kiesse ou les Joies douces-amères de Kinshasa-la-Belle (1982);
Life Is Rosy [La vie est belle] (1987 – Benoît Lamy, Ngangura Mwezé);
Changa-Changa, Rythmes en noirs et blancs (1992);
Le Roi, la Vache et le Bananier, chronique d’un retour au Royaume de Ngweshe (1994);
Lettre à Makura : les derniers Bruxellois (1995);
Le Général Tombeur (1997);
Identity Pieces [Pièces d’identités] (1998);
Au nom de mon père (2001);
The Governor’s New Clothes (2004);
Shégués, les enfants de la jungle urbaine (2008);
Tu n’as rien vu à Kinshasa (2010).