THE GUARDIAN is about the Syrian Orthodox nun Dayrayto. Despite the hostility of the Kurdish Aga, she is left alone with her animals in the dilapidated village of Zaz in southeastern Turkey. She made a vow to protect the church and not to leave the holy place, no matter what. The film quietly observes the everyday life of an isolated woman who carries the pain of an entire community.” (Annina Wettstein, DOK Leipzig)


Author & Director: Martina Priessner
DoP: Meryem Yavuz
Editor: Özlem Sarıyıldız
Sound Design: Robert F. Kellner
Producers: Gregor Streiber, Friedemann Hottenbacher, Nadja Smith
Produced by: Martina Priessner & inselfilm produktion
Commissioned by: ZDF/Arte

Technical Details

Original Title: DIE WÄCHTERIN (German)
Running time: 88 & 70 min
Languages: Turkish, Kurdish
Subtitles: English, German
Year of Production: 2020
Country of Production: Germany
World Premiere: DOK Leipzig Film Festival 2020 / German Competition
Awards: Goethe Institut Documentary Film Prize 2020