April 22, 2015 11:20 am
"Director Brent E. Huffman has delivered a doc of crucial immediacy, a plea for all humanity to save vital 5000 year-old temples from the indifference and greed of the Chinese goverment bent on destroying them in order to create a multi-billion dollar hauling by stripping the copper in these Afghan hills. Advocacy filmmaking at its best and most chilling, the clock is ticking as Archeologist Qadir Temori races to save this priceless place and attain World Heritage status to save it. His heroism is matched by the predictable malaise of international politics and posturing. This cinematic plea for this heretofore little-known crisis is both fascinating and terrifying and Temori's determination on behalf of all mankind, not just Afghanistan, is what drives the message home. No middle ground here, citizens of the world need to plead the case to the Afghani it reject this impending atrocity and save this site. 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."
We're delighted to have the film get such wonderful praise. The next screening of Saving Mes Aynak is on May 7th, in a special free public presentation at the University of Stanford's Ho Center for Buddhist Studies and Stanford Humanities Center. Director Brent E. Huffman will attend. Get more details.
Also from Full Frame, Richard Newby of Audiences Everywhere has published a new interview with Brent E. Huffman. The interview covers many facets of this amazing and unique story, which Brent documented through extreme persistence in the face of complex geopolitical opposition. Said Brent:
"Over 5,000 years of history that’s going to be destroyed to make room for a copper mine. The layers of the story as I was unraveling them became more and more unbelievable and interesting. It felt like an impossible story, and when I watch the film, it feels like a film that shouldn’t exist because nobody wanted to be on camera to talk about this. To access the site was very difficult, very dangerous. There were just so many roadblocks in making the film. I’ve made a lot of enemies. There’s a lot of people that hate this film. It’s been a difficult process but one I think I would’ve never given up on."
Brent's work in drawing attention to the Mes Aynak site was also recently praised in the American Bar Association Section of International Law's Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter (PDF) as an example of "demonstrating the power of media exposure" in preserving Afghanistan's rich but threatened cultural heritage.
We don't intend to give up now. Find out how you can help #SaveMesAynak here: www.savingmesaynak.com.