The Lost Souls of Syria (2023)


Twenty-seven-thousand photos of civilian detainees tortured to death were stolen from the Syrian regime’s secret archives by a military defector codenamed Caesar, and made public in 2014. But international justice proves impotent in prosecuting the criminal Syrian state. Many of these victims’ families, along with activists and Caesar himself, seek truth and justice through state courts across Europe instead. More than five years of investigations and fighting will lead to the first trial against high officials of the Syrian death machine.

Feature Documentary
France / Germany 2022

A film by: Stéphane Malterre und Garance Le Caisne
Written by: Stéphane Malterre und Garance Le Caisne
Historical Advisor: Garance Le Caisne
Directed by: Stéphane Malterre
Photography: Laura Sipan, Stéphane Malterre, Thibault Delavigne, Beate Scherer BVK
Editing: Sébastien Touta
Composers: Gregor Keienburg, Raffael Seyfried

Production: Les Films d’Ici, Katuh Studio
Produced by: Sébastien Onomo, Vanessa Ciszewski
In coproduction with: WDR, Special Touch Studios
German supporters: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FFA

Distribution: Films That Matter by Luftkind Filmverleih
World Sales: The Party Sales