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