Saving Mes Aynak Wins Big at Arkhaios

On Saturday, October 24, Saving Mes Aynak brought home the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival. Now in its 3rd year, Arkhaios promotes the discovery and preservation of the cultural heritage of America and beyond. The festival takes place in Hilton Head, SC, and serves as one of only two archaeology film festivals in the United States. Congratulations to Director Brent Huffman and the Saving Mes Aynak team! Continued

Saving Mes Aynak Takes Home Prize at CinemAmbiente

This past weekend, the Saving Mes Aynak team came home with the Best Documentary Award - International One-Hour Film Competition at the CinemAmbiente International Environmental Film Festival. The festival, in its 18th year, took place in Torino, Italy from October 6-11, 2015. CinemAmbiente serves as one of the leading environmental film festivals in the world. In awarding this prize, CinemAmbiente recognizes Saving Mes Aynak for its "balanced presentation and concise treatment of the political, cultural, human, social, and environmental issues in present day Afghanistan." Congratulations to the Saving Mes Aynak team and collaborators! Continued

Saving Mes Aynak to screen in DC

Saving Mes Aynak will screen in its Washington, D.C. premiere on September 15 in a special event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The film's director Brent E. Huffman will attend and be in conversation with Tom Carver, vice president for communications and strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a former award-winning journalist for the BBC from 1984 to 2004. RSVP to attend this free screening. Continued

Japanese and German premieres for Saving Mes Aynak

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) has announced that Saving Mes Aynak will be the featured screening at the 2015 IAFOR Documentary Film Awards. 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. Continued

Saving Mes Aynak to air on Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America Presents hosts the US broadcast premiere of Saving Mes Aynak this Sunday, July 12th at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Saving Mes Aynak exposes a Chinese company's plan to turn a 5,000 year-old archeological site in Afghanistan into a copper mine, destroying priceless Buddhist relics. A team of Afghan archeologists led by Qadir Temori races against time to uncover finds that have the potential to rewrite the history of the region. Brent E. Huffman's award-winning documentary has become a focal point of an international movement to preserve the Mes Aynak site. Continued

Join us on #SaveMesAynak Day

#SaveMesAynak Day on July 1 will spark worldwide protest, conversation, and action around Saving Mes Aynak, an award-winning documentary that exposes a Chinese company's plan to turn a 5,000 year-old archeological site in Afghanistan into a copper mine, destroying priceless Buddhist relics. Thousands of people will watch the film together worldwide. HOW TO WATCH: Watch the film here on July 1 - #SaveMesAynak Day In Afghanistan? Watch for Free! Watch the broadcast on Witness - Al Jazeera at 20 GMT on Al Jazeera English. See the beauty of Mes Aynak, and take a stand to stop its destruction. LIVE GOOGLE HANGOUT EVENT Continued

Saving Mes Aynak free to watch in Afghanistan

Chicago not-for-profit documentary collective Kartemquin Films will release Saving Mes Aynak free to the people of Afghanistan. The award-winning documentary exposes a Chinese company's plan to turn a 5,000 archeological site in Afghanistan into a copper mine, destroying priceless Buddhist relics. The filmmakers are offering the free stream, hosted by the digital platform VHX, to anyone within Afghanistan who visits before midnight on July 1, which they have declared Global #SaveMesAynak Day. Continued

Watch the offical trailer for Saving Mes Aynak

Yesterday IndieWire hosted the exclusive premiere of the new official trailer for Saving Mes Aynak. Saving Mes Aynak follows archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save this 5,000-year-old Buddhist archeological site from imminent demolition. So far only 10% of Mes Aynak has been excavated, though, and some believe that future discoveries there have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself. Continued

Saving Mes Aynak and On Beauty Chicago doubleheader

Two great new Kartemquin films screen in our home town tonight, June 2. We hope you can join us for one of them! At 7:30pm the historic Music Box Theatre hosts the Chicago premiere of Saving Mes Aynak. Also at 7:30pm, Midwest Independent Film Festival at the Landmark Theater simultaneously hosts the return of On Beauty, in its first Chicago screening since winning the Audience Award at its Chicago International Film Festival world premiere last October. Continued