Saving Mes Aynak

A race against time to save a 5,000-year-old Buddhist city in Afghanistan threatened by a Chinese state-owned copper mine.

Directors

Brent E. Huffman

Country

USA

Year

2014

Running Time

60 mins 

Watch the Film

savingmesaynak.com

 

 

SFGFF Film Program:

Green Film Fest Screening - April 16, 2016


SF Premiere.
 

A race against time to save a 5,000-year-old Buddhist city in Afghanistan threatened by a Chinese state-owned copper mine. They are eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the ancienct city's ruins. This vital archaeological site, as well as the entire mountain range, will be completely demolished. Follow Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races to save the site from imminent demolition. Saving Mes Aynak uncovers the conflict between cultural preservation and economic opportunity as the Afghan archaeologists face what seems an impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban, and local politics to save their heritage from likely erasure.

DISCUSSION WITH: Brent E. Huffman, director; Homayoun Sakhi, musician/original score.