November 3, 2016 3:39 pm
Saving Mes Aynak by director Brent Huffman won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at ICRONOS, the International Archaeology Film Festival of Bordeaux, France this past Sunday. This marks the 23rd award the film has earned since its release in 2014.
In October the film won the Grand Prix from AGON, the 10th International Meeting of Archaeological Film. In awarding Saving Mes Aynak with the Grand Prix, AGON lauded the film for demonstrating: "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."
Saving Mes Aynak 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.
Upcoming screenings include:
-Tuesday, November 8: Beirut Art Film Fest. Beirut, LB
-Wednesday, November 9: China Onscreen Biennial. Los Angeles, CA
-Sunday, November 27: National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC
-Sunday, November 27: China Onscreen Biennial. Washington, DC
Saving Mes Aynak will be available for free streaming in honor of #KTQ50 beginning Friday, Nov. 4 at watch.kartemquin.com.