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"A doc of crucial immediacy, a plea for all humanity... Advocacy filmmaking at its best and most chilling... both fascinating and terrifying... Brent E. Huffman's gift as a cinematographer provides haunting, lyrical images and as a director he wisely balances the passion of Temori with the eternal loss of something worth saving. Saving Mes Aynak is simply required viewing for those whose soul will compel them to act. Unique and immediate. That rare doc that NEEDS to be seen."
Jake Jacobson, IndieWIRE
"An appeal not only to value our past, but to recognize our commonality across oceans and borders."
Arlin Golden, Film Inquiry
"Director Brent E. Huffman eschews any strict documentary formalism and employs a variety of techniques to best communicate the gravity of Qadir’s predicament. Combining verité footage, talking head interviews, news clips and internet videos, Huffman submits himself to the service of the natural narrative baked into his subject, though not to discount the careful editing in making said narrative evident and powerful."
Arlin Golden, Film Inquiry
"It is therefore no exaggeration to call Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori the hero of the film. The devout Muslim family man does his best to oversee work at Mes Aynak every day, despite the very real threat of violence (including rocket attacks) as well as constant funding shortfalls. Frankly, he and his colleagues should be considered heroes by all civilized people."
Joe Bendel, Epoch Times
"The film shows us that this archaeology is not just about distant civilizations lost in time, Mes Aynak is about how archaeology, politics, economics, imperialism, terrorism and cultural identity are in conflict right here and now."
“The most important documentary showing at Full Frame this year.”
Joe Corey, Inside Pulse.
"I couldn’t help thinking of Indiana Jones as the film depicts archaeologists scraping away in the dust and sand. The film is also well paced, and the images are gripping... What’s it going to take for people to care about Mes Aynak? The actual visual of it being obliterated?"
Tom Roston,
"An engrossing look at the conflict between cultural preservation and economic opportunity."
Ryan MacLean, Audiences Everywhere.