The award-winning film Saving Mes Aynak follows archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old Buddhist archeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition by the Chinese State-owned mining company who plans to destroy it to mine for $100 billion worth of copper buried directly beneath the ruins. Only 10 percent of Mes Aynak has been excavated, but some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and of Buddhism itself. A Q&A with director Brent Huffman follows the screening.
About the filmmaker:
Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, producer and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. His work ranges from documentaries aired on the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS and Al Jazeera, to Sundance Film Festival premieres, to ethnographic films made for the China Exploration and Research Society. He has also directed, produced, shot, and edited short documentaries for online outlets like the New York Times, TIME, Salon, Huffington Post and PBS Arts. Huffman is assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he teaches documentary production and theory.
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