Full Frame to host sold out Saving Mes Aynak screening

Saving Mes Ayank director Brent E. Huffman, producer Zak Piper, and executive producer Julia Reichert are in Durham, NC for the film's SOLD OUT debut at the Full Frame Documentary Festival at 12:50pm Saturday April 11. The 60 minute film follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Only 10% of Mes Aynak has been excavated, though, and some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself. Qadir Temori and his fellow Afghan archaeologists face what seems an impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban and local politics to save their cultural heritage from likely erasure. In an early preview, Tom Roston of the POV blog cited the film as one of docs he was most excited to see at Full Frame, and at IndyWeek Iza Wojciechowska stated that the "powerful story sheds light on the significance of cultural heritage." At Audiences Everywhere, Ryan MacLean's review called the film "an engrossing look at the conflict between cultural preservation and economic opportunity." Joe Corey of Inside Pulse gave the most praise of all, calling Saving Mes Aynak "the most important documentary showing at Full Frame this year." The Full Frame debut comes amid continuing coverage over the perilous fate of the Mes Aynak site in Logar Province, Afghanistan, and attention on the film. Qadir Temori was recently listed as a "real life adventurer who makes Indiana Jones look boring." More international festivals are ahead confirmed for the film, including the Festival of Tolerance in Zagreb, Croatia, on April 14. Bring Saving Mes Aynak to your town by emailing us at savingmesaynak@kartemquin.com.