Die Wächterin

The Guardian

For 20 years, the Syrian Orthodox nun Dayrayto has lived 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 has lived alone with her animals. Her presence in the region is a thorn in the side of many local actors. Lately, the situation has been 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. (Tempo Documentary Festival)

Films - Selection
Die Wächterin (The Guardian, 2020, doc) - 650 Wörter / Kelime / Words (2016, doc) - Everyday I’m Çapuling (2013, doc) - Wir sitzen im Süden (Based Down South, 2010, doc; CE'11)
Competition Documentary 2021
Martina Priessner
Germany 2020
88 minutes
Turkish / Kurdish / Turoyo
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Martina Priessner
Cinematography Meryem Yavuz
Editing Özlem Sarıyıldız
Sound/Sounddesign Robert F. Kellner
Producer(s) Gregor Streiber, Friedemann Hottenbacher, Martina Priessner
inselfilm produktion
World Sales
inselfilm produktion
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
DOK Leipzig 2020