The film's director, Brent E. Huffman, will receive their Honorary Award for 2015 and be the Keynote Speaker at IAFOR's The Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication (MediAsia2015) and The Asian Conference on Film & Documentary (FilmAsia2015). This year the events take place in November 12-15 at the Art Center of Kobe in Kobe, Japan. Saving Mes Aynak will screen on November 14 in its Japanese premiere.
Saving Mes Aynak was also recently announced as an official selection of the 2015 Doku.Arts Festival in Berlin. The film will screen twice in its German premiere at the event, to be held September 9-27 at Deutsches Historisches Museum.
More upcoming screenings in the US and internationally will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, the site of Mes Aynak was recently featured in National Georgraphic (photo above is from the feature, taken by Simon Norfolk), and in an commentary article in the Chicago Tribune about the closing of the Illinois State Museum.
Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Only 10% of Mes Aynak has been excavated, though, and some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself. Qadir Temori and his fellow Afghan archaeologists face what seems an impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban and local politics to save their cultural heritage from likely erasure. Visit www.savingmesaynak.com to find more information and watch the film.
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