Saving Mes Aynak wins award; US Premiere announced!

New Kartemquin documentary Saving Mes Aynak has reasons to celebrate tonight, ahead of a sneak preview at Northwestern University, where director Brent Huffman is a documentary professor at the Medill School of Journalism.

We are proud to announce that Saving Mes Aynak will have its U.S. Premiere at AmDocs (The American Documentary Film Festival) on Saturday, March 28th at 6:30pm in beautiful Palm Springs, CA. We couldn’t be more excited about our selection for this film festival, which was recently voted one of the “Top Five Coolest Documentary Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker magazine. Tickets are $10.00, and can be purchased in advance here.

The film, which follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori in a race against time as he deals with intense political challenges to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition by a Chinese state-owned mining company, has also just won its first award! The first ever Ahvaz International Science Film Festival, held in Iran, gave the Abu Rayhan Biruni Award to Saving Mes Aynak earlier this week. The award honored the Best Film in the Archaeology, Architecture, History and Urban Planning section, and is named after Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī, who is regarded as one of the greatest scholars of the medieval Islamic era, and an early pioneer in the study of comparative religion. He spent a large part of his life in modern day Afghanistan. We are all deeply moved to receive this special award, which seems so fitting for the film.

Stay tuned for more news around Saving Mes Aynak soon as it adds more dates in the US and around the globe in its bid to raise awareness of the cultural heritage of Afghanistan and the battle to save the Mes Aynak site.