State of Affairs

The Father, the Son and the Holy Jihad

Stéphane Malterre
Screening time  
03.03. / Friday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 1  
A moving family saga in the heart of Jihad. Both tragic and controversial, this is a story about integration, fundamentalism and identity.

Bassam Ayachi is a Syrian man who has lived in Europe with his French wife since the 1960s, first in France and then in the Belgian capital of Brussels. His Muslim family is well integrated into Western society. When tensions mount in the Middle East and rebels rise up against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Bassam’s son Abdelrahman decides to join the Syrian resistance, to defend the country and to expel Assad. Filmmaker Stéphane Malterre followed this family closely for three intense years, accompanying the jihadist on several campaigns. But then comes the day when the young man and several comrades are killed in an attack. Following his son’s death as a martyr, Bassam decides that it is his turn to go to Syria, where he emerges as a spiritual leader – a man with many followers and many enemies. Scenes featuring Bassam in Syria are intercut with interviews with the son and daughter who stayed at home, and who now reflect on how their lives have changed so dramatically. Both tragic and controversial, this is a story about integration, fundamentalism and identity.


Stéphane Malterre

Stéphane Malterre is 43 years old. After obtaining a master’s in Linguistics in 1994 at the Paris X Nanterre, he became a freelance journalist for newspapers and performed investigations, reports and chronicles (of cinema and literature) for l’Express, France-Soir, L’Evénement, l’Optimum, and Upstreet. Since 2005, he’s been focusing on documentaries and investigations for the TAC Presse agency. He is now the editor in chief of current affairs documentaries and keeps producing his own movies.

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Au Nom du Père, du Fils et du Djihad

2016, 120'

Directed by:
Stéphane Malterre

Screenplay by:
Stéphane Malterre

Stéphane Malterre

Edited by:
Sebastien Touta

Thomas Dappelo

Frédéric Texeraud, Denis Boutelier

Produced by:
CAT & Cie

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2016; FIPA Biarritz 2016; BIFF – Bergen International Film Festival 2016; Brussels Festival of Liberties 2016; Vienna International Film Festival 2016; Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival 2016