Stéphane Malterre


"The Lost Souls of Syria"

Stéphane Malterre is a French director and journalist. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Language Sciences and worked as a print journalist, book critic and film reviewer. He then spent fifteen years as a reporter for an audiovisual news agency, while also writing, filming, and directing more than twenty investigative magazine and documentary reports (Canal Plus, France 2, Arte, M6.) Over the years he has investigated political and financial scandals, international arms trafficking, and conflicts in Africa (Ivory Coast, DRC), as well as the Arab spring, with its glimmers of hope and tears (Tunisia, Libya, Syria). Among his achievements: Jacques Chirac: La Justice Aux Trousses (80 min), Syrie, La Mort En Face (65 min, selected in 2013 for the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for war correspond- ents). His latest one, The Father, the Son and the Jihad (2016), was filmed over three years in Syria and was selected for about fifteen international festivals (FIPADOC, Hot Docs, IDFA, The Viennale).

Participating Sessions

Closing Night Film: The Lost Souls of Syria

Twenty-seven thousand photos of corpses and bodies tortured in detention centers of the Syrian regime are leaked in 2014 by a mysterious deserter with the code name “Caesar”. Because of the geopolitical interests of some countries and the indifference of other nations, international justice refuses to prosecute the regime of Bashar Al Assad responsible for horrific atrocities. Filmed throughout Europe over nearly four years between 2016 and 2020, the film...