Magazine article Screen International

Kartemquin Films in Campaign to Save Buddhist Heritage Site

Magazine article Screen International

Kartemquin Films in Campaign to Save Buddhist Heritage Site

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Saving Mes Aynak premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam last November and follows archaeologist Qadir Temori and his fight to save the Mes Aynak site.

The filmmakers say the location in Taliban-controlled Logar Province is under threat from a Chinese state-owned mining company interested in the approximately $100bn dollars worth of copper below the land.

The archaeologists believe that only 10% of the site has been excavated.

The documentary's director Brent E Huffman and documentary collective Kartemquin Films have announced that July 1 will be Global #SaveMesAynak Day, in which the film will be available globally via VHX.

The film will be broadcast on stations including Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera English and will be available for screening at educational institutions and community venues.

The filmmakers plan to launch a campaign with Indiegogo to place international pressure on China Metallurgical Group Corporation the Afghan government and UNESCO. …

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