Born in Buvaku (Zaire) in 1950 Mweze Dieudonné NGANGURA studied film art at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (Brussels) where he received a Director's Diploma in 1976. He was a professor at the Institut National des Arts (I.N.A.) and at the Studio-Ecole de la voix du Zaïre (SEVOZA) in Kinshasa (Zaire) from 1976 to 1985. During this period he directed the documentary Chéri Samba, a portrayal of a young popular painter from Zaire. Kin Kiesse, a critical eye on Kinshasa, followed this. Kin Kiesse won the "Best Documentary Prize" in Ouagadougou (FESPACO 1983). In 1986, he finalized the screenplay of the successful feature film entitled La Vie est Belle (Life is Rosy) in 1987. His 1993 documentary Changa-Changa focuses on music and the meeting of cultures in Brussels. His film Le Roi, la Vache et le Bananier (The King, the Cow and the Banana Tree) won the "Documentary Prize" and the "Special Prize of the Jury", at Festival "Vues d'Afrique" in Montreal in May 1994, and was followed in 1995 by another documentary: Lettre à Makura: les derniers bruxellois (Letter to Makura: the last Brussels' tribe), about an African ethnologist on the Marolliens, the oldest community of Brussels. In 1997, he made a documentary Le Général Tombeur, which reports the history of Bukavu, from the expedition of General Charles-Henri Tombeur in 1914-1918 until recent events. In 1998, he directed the successful feature film Pièces d'identités (I. D. or pieces of identities), which won many international awards including the famous "Yennenga Stalion" at Fespaco 99. In 2001, he directed the documentary Au nom de mon père (In the name of my father) about a young Congolese hospital attendant whose main obsession is to go back to his native country.
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