Saving Mes Aynak Wins Big at Arkhaios

On Saturday, October 24, Saving Mes Aynak brought home the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival. Now in its 3rd year, Arkhaios promotes the discovery and preservation of the cultural heritage of America and beyond. The festival takes place in Hilton Head, SC, and serves as one of only two archaeology film festivals in the United States. Congratulations to Director Brent Huffman and the Saving Mes Aynak team!

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. As Director of the Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology, Temori will take part in a sponsorship recently announced by the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan to preserve Afghan cultural heritage. The project is a collaboration with the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and the Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology. The first of its kind, the participants will “produce a satellite-based map database of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage sites and train young Afghans in the field of archaeology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).” Read more on the project here.

The film continues its international run at the IAFOR Documentary Film Award and Festival in Japan, the 10th biennal Festival of Southasian Documentaries in Nepal, and the Doku Film Festival in Germany. You can also catch it domestically this Saturday, October 31 at the Art & Design Film Festival in Providence, RI. For more on the film, check here.