Saving Mes Aynak to world premiere at IDFA 2014

We are delighted to announce Saving Mes Aynak has been selected to World Premiere at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the world's largest documentary film festival.

Director/producer Brent Huffman, producer Zak Piper, and executive producers Gordon Quinn and Julia Reichert will attend the festival, which takes place November 19-30, 2014.

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.

The 60 minute film will compete in the IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary.

You can become part of the journey of this film and help save Mes Aynak. Please sign the official petition and consider donating to the film. We plan to resubmit the petition with all the new signatures to the new president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani later this year.

Director/producer Brent Huffman, a documentary maker and film professor at Northwestern University, has been independently shooting at the Mes Aynak site in Afghanistan since 2011, and brought the documentary to Kartemquin Films in late 2013 through our KTQ Labs program. The films executive producers are Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan and Julia Reichert.

Stay tuned to the Saving Mes Aynak website, Facebook and Twitter for more news and upcoming screening details.