The Guardian

a film by Martina Priessner

The Guardian

2020 | 87:00 min

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For 20 years, the Syrian Orthodox nun Dayrayto lives on the grounds of a church in Zaz, a dilapidated and abandoned Assyrian village in southeastern Turkey. Ever since the monk died six years ago she lives alone with her animals. Her presence in the region is a thorn in the side of many local actors. Lately, the situation is getting worse. Dayrayto, however, made a vow to protect the church and not to leave the holy place, even at the cost of her life.
Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize — 63 DOK Leipzig
Cast and Crew
  • Director Martina Priessner
  • Producer Martina Priessner (CoProduction), Friedemann Hottenbacher, Gregor Streiber
  • Director of Photography Meryem Yavuz
  • Editor Özlem Sariyildiz
  • Sound Design Robert F. Kellner
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inselfilm produktion
Karl-Marx-Allee 111, 10243 Berlin

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