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.

On July 1, #SaveMesAynak Day, the filmmakers brought together viewers from over 43 countries to watch the film via VHX streams acquired through our Indiegogo campaign, and thousands more all over the world also watched via a broadcast on Al Jazeera English.

The successful event garnered coverage in Newsweek, CNN International and director Brent E. Huffman also appeared on Huffington Post Live.

Brent had this to say about this landmark event:

“#SaveMesAynak Day is living proof that people everywhere care and believe in preserving Mes Aynak and its irreplaceable culture, history, and heritage. I couldn’t be more thrilled. We caught the world’s attention, and accomplished exactly what we wanted to: announce our movement, raise awareness, and spark global conversation and protest. It’s important to remember, however, that EVERYDAY is #SaveMesAynak Day. Although this event was a major success, there is a still a long road ahead of us. I look forward to sharing in this journey with you. Thank you for your support!” - Brent Huffman

#SaveMesAynak Day saw an inspiring outpouring of support. Here are some of our favorite responses:

You can watch Saving Mes Aynak online directly from Kartemquin Films! Visit to rent or purchase the film. For those in Afghanistan, the film is available to watch for free!