As 2015 draws to a close, the team behind Saving Mes Aynak is celebrating a successful year of reaching audiences all over the world, raising global awareness about the contentious fate of the Mes Aynak historic site. 2016 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for our film and its awareness and outreach campaign, as we can now announce fresh funding and distribution partners.
Saving Mes Aynak will end the year with an encore holiday re-broadcast on Al Jazeera America at 7PM EST on Thursday, December 24, 2015 (Christmas Eve) and Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7PM EST.
We are also excited to announce a new distribution partnership with Icarus Films, one of the world's leading distributors of documentary films. We are proud to have them on board to oversee the North American educational, home, and digital release of Saving Mes Aynak in 2016.
We are also beyond honored to announce that The Reva & David Logan Foundation has awarded Saving Mes Aynak with a $50,000 grant to support our outreach and impact goals. This is a game-changing development for us and the movement to #SaveMesAynak.
The three main pillars of our outreach campaign are to preserve Mes Aynak as a protected cultural heritage site; use the film to widen public perspective of Afghanistan's cultural heritage; and to strengthen the Archaeology Department at the Afghan Ministry of Culture in Kabul to protect Mes Aynak and other important historical sites in Afghanistan.
"We've done much in the past year to strive towards the film's goals, but this grant will allow us to do more than we ever could have imagined to achieve and accomplish them," said Saving Mes Aynak director Brent E. Huffman. "We have big plans in 2016, and we cannot wait to share them with you. Thank you to the Reva & David Logan Foundation for this wonderful honor, and for all that they do for the arts, culture, and history."
There are a number of great opportunities worldwide to see Saving Mes Aynak in the coming months, including a special screening at La Musée de Louvre in Paris, France!
JUSTREEL - FREE SCREENING, January 12, 2016 | River Park Church, Calgary, AB
THE AESTHETIC PROJECT: TREASURE AND TRAGEDY FROM OXUS TO INDUS: GANDHARA, BACTRIA, AND BAMIYAN, January 27 - 28, 2016 | The Aesthetic Project, New Dehli, India
LOUVRE - JOURNÉES INTERNATIONALES DU FILM SUR L’ART, January 28, 2016 | Musée de Louvre, Paris, France
REFRAME PETERBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - CANADIAN PREMIERE, January 30, 2016 | Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, February 20, 2016 | Asian Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
NORWICH UNIVERSITY, March 4, 2016, 2 - 4pm (ET) | Northfield, Virginia
BUDDHISTDOOR & HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, Spring 2016 | Hong Kong
ROSHD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2016 | Mashhad, Iran
Be sure to check the film's website under the Upcoming Screenings page to stay up to date on all the screenings and presentations of Saving Mes Aynak.
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