Documentary (2010), 46:00 min.
Directed by: Antoneta Kastrati


THE GUARDIAN is a story about a mountain man, Fatos Lajci, and his struggle to save the forests of the Rugova Mountains from over-logging 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.

Produced by: Crossing Bridges Productions & Kosovo Cinematographic Center
Produced by: Antoneta Kastrati & Casey Cooper Johnson
Directed by: Antoneta Kastrati
Edited by: Kaltrina Krasniqi
Director of Photography: Sevdije Kastrati
Composed by: Dritero Nikqi
Funded by: The Soros Foundation

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