Directed by: Antoneta Kastrati

Produced by: Antoneta Kastrati & Casey Cooper Johnson

Director of Photography: Sevdije Kastrati

THE GUARDIAN is the story of mountain man, Fatos Lajci, and his struggle to save the forests of the Rugova Mountains from deforestation and environmental destruction. As we learn the stories of his youth, growing up in these mountains with his brother, we begin to understand the history behind Fatos’ frustration with post-war politics, his sense of refuge in the mountains, and ultimately his spiritual connection and dedication to preserving them.


“The Young European Award” Skena Up Student International Film Festival
“Best Documentary Film” Albanian Film Festival

Other festivals:

Official selection ZagrebDox, 2011
Official  competition: Dokufest International Documentary Film Festival, 2010