Malek Bensmaïl was born in Constantine, Algeria in 1966. Early in his youth, he shot films in Super 8. Since completing his film studies in Paris and training at Lenfilm studios in Saint Petersburg, he has devoted his filmmaking efforts to the documentary genre. All of his films relate to the history of his country.His signature cinematography depicts the complex, sensitive contours of humanity. His aim is to use film as a medium for cultural reflection and comparison.His films have received critical acclaim and have won awards at a number of festivals worldwide.
In 2010, he is laureate of the Villa Kujuyama (Villa Médecis Asia) in Kyôto for his feature film project Odysseys. In 2020, Malek Bensmaïl is nominated member of the Oscars Academy.http://www.malekbensmail.com/