Identity Pieces

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Identity Pieces
Movie poster
Directed by Mwezé Ngangura
Produced by Mwezé Ngangura
Written by Mwezé Ngangura
Music by Jean-Louis Daulne
Papa Wemba
Cinematography Jacques Besse
Edited by France Duez
Ingrid Ralet
Distributed by California Newsreel (USA)
Release date
  • 14 September 1998 (1998-09-14) (Canada)
  • 15 January 1999 (1999-01-15) (USA)
  • 19 May 1999 (1999-05-19) (Belgium)
  • 26 July 2000 (2000-07-26) (France)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Belgium
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Language French, Wolof

Identity Pieces (French: Pièces d'identités) is a 1998 Belgian/French/Congolese comedy film written and directed by Mwezé Ngangura. It premiered at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival.


Mani Kongo (Gérard Essomba) is the king of the Bakongo. His only daughter, Mwana, (Dominique Mesa) left for Belgium as a young child in hopes of becoming a doctor, but contact with her had been lost over the past few years. Mani Kongo decides to travel to Belgium in search of his beloved daughter. On arriving 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.



Identity Pieces won several awards at the 1999 Panafrican Film and Television Festival, including the grand prize. It also won the People's Choice Award at the Denver International Film Festival.

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