Guardians of Civilisation
50 min 38 sec
directors: Miha Mohoric & Erik Valencic
produducer: Miha Cernec - STARAGARA
coproducers: RTV SLO & SAGAR KOLEKTIV & AUAF
editor: Martin Kastelic
A documentary film about the Iraqi Assyrians returning to their home towns after the destruction left by the ISIL invasion of Mosul in 2014.
Mr. Thabat’s family joined thousands of others fleeing their homes, settling as refugees in Ainkawa, Erbil’s predominantly Assyrian suburb. Mr. Thabat is one of the most renowned Iraqi artists. His son Nenos is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps. After the liberation of Bakhdeda in 2016 Mr. Thabat and Nenos visited their town and found it to be almost completely ruined. Their house was partly destroyed as well, but the family is nevertheless hoping to return home soon. Apart from rebuilding their house Mr. Thabat and Nenos intent to rebuilt all the statues and other art pieces destroyed in the recent years.
Mr. Thabat and Nenos are still refugees in Ankawa. Mr. Thabat is teaching art at a high school set up at one of the refugee camps and has an art programme Portrait at a local station Ishtar TV. His most dedicated student is his son Nenos, determined to follow in his father’s footsteps.