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Fall Updates from Saving Mes Aynak!



Saving Mes Aynak have some exciting updates on major U.S. and international screening, TV broadcasts, the home DVD release and much more.

UPCOMING U.S. SCREENINGS

Image of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where “Saving Mes Aynak” will screen this November.


“Saving Mes Aynak” travels coast to coast from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC to the UCLA Film & Television Archive in Los Angeles through the China Onscreen Biennial (COB), a showcase of Chinese film and media arts for American audiences. “Saving Mes Aynak” will be a part of COB’s program calledDunhuang Projected, “named after the eponymous town in the Gobi Desert in northwestern China that was an important nexus of the Silk Road from 400-1400 CE, and the gateway for Buddhism from India into China.Director Brent E. Huffman will attend the post-screening Q&A at UCLA via Skype and attend the National Gallery of Art in person take full part in this exciting Biennial. The screening at UCLA will begin with a 30-minute meditation session.”Saving Mes Aynak” will be screened today at the San Francisco Public Library as an encore screening from last April’s San Francisco Green Film Festival.Throughout the month of October, “Saving Mes Aynak” will be broadcast in Europe again via GEO Television!At ICRONOS, France, ”Saving Mes Aynak” will be presented to a global roster of archaeology experts and enthusiast at this historic film festival. We also have an exciting screening lined up with Beirut Art Film Festival.

“Saving Mes Aynak” is also headed to from 17 to 23 October in Athens at the Greek Cinema Archive for the 10th International Meeting of Archaeological Film – AGON. “Saving Mes Aynak” will be among 103 films from 17 different countries!

HOME DVD RELEASE!


Original artwork courtesy of Rima Fujita.

The home DVD of “Saving Mes Aynak” is now on sale!  The DVD features 15 minutes of never-seen-before scenes from Mes Aynak, as well as foreign language subtitles in French, German, Italian, and Japanese, all created by volunteers from around the globe who donated their time and expertise to this important project. DVDs can be purchased the websites of Saving Mes AynakKartemquin Films, and Icarus Films starting November 8th.Pre-order is live now! Please email HomeVideo@icarusfilms.com to pre-book DVDs.

GLOBAL SCREENINGS

 
Saving Mes Aynak had a full-house screening in Kabul



Following last April’s screening with American University of Afghanistan, the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan invited “Saving Mes Aynak” for a public screening in Kabul. We are grateful for the courageous audience that came to the screening despite risks, and for the help of Afghan citizens in the U.S. who spread the word about this screening.

“Saving Mes Aynak” returned to Chicago for a meaningful screening with the prestigiousArt Institute of Chicago! Director Brent E. Huffman was in attendance for a Q&A.

“Saving Mes Aynak” had a sold-out screening in Hong Kong with Thus Have I Seen (T.H.I.S.) Buddhist Film Festival. Organized by Dharma in Action, the festival shows a collection of exquisite films that “reflect the cultural, social and religious aspects of this world religion.”

On a surprising note, “Saving Mes Aynak” was invited to the 15th Pyongyang International Film Festival! in North Korea, whose mission is to “promote exchange and cooperation between world filmmakers with the ideal of Independence, Peace and Friendship.” This is an honor for all filmmakers involved in “Saving Mes Aynak” as this is all of our first time showing our work in North Korea.

Trailer of “Saving Mes Aynak” for the Buddhist True Network of South Korea



“Saving Mes Aynak” will hit Korean TV through August! Buddhist True Network (BTN), a premier Buddhist channel of South Korea. BTN has invited “Saving Mes Aynak” to air over 8 times, both on TV and online. Through this broadcast, we hope to connect with Korean audience who, with the country’s long history with Buddhism, understand the importance of cultural heritage sites.

RECOGNITIONS FOR SAVING MES AYNAK!




Director Brent E. Huffman will be in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, this October to receive Green Spark Award at American Conservation Film Festival, “Saving Mes Aynak” was commended as “the most deserving of the Green Spark Award for drawing attention to a conservation hero.” Thank you!

“Saving Mes Aynak” also took home the top prize for best international documentary at the Life After Oil Film Festival in Sardinia, Italy! This is a huge honor from a panel of juries spanning Italian filmmakers, journalists, academics, and activists. On top of the prize, Life After Oil was a wonderful opportunity to engage with international audience in an incredible outdoor venue. We are grateful!

An illustration created by National Geographic Magazine depicting what Mes Aynak may have looked like 2,000 years ago. 

Saving Mes Aynak goes to the National Gallery and UCLA Film and Television Archive!

Saving Mes Aynak will be featured at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC on Nov 27 as part of the China Onscreen Biennial (COB), a curated showcase of Chinese film and media arts for American audiences. Brent will attend the screening in person.

In COB’s 3rd biennial, Saving Mes Aynak will be a part of a sidebar program called Dunhuang Projected, named after the eponymous town in the Gobi Desert in northwestern China that was an important nexus of the Silk Road from 400-1400 CE, and the gateway for Buddhism from India into China. The town’s complex of caves hold the largest extant collection of Buddhist art in the world, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

City of Dunhuang, China. Photo: EveryChina News

City of Dunhuang, China. Photo: EveryChina News

 

Traveling across the continent for this series, Saving Mes Aynak will screen at the UCLA Film and Television Archive in Los Angeles on November 9. Brent will appear at the post-screening Q&A via Skype.

It’s a great honor to be part of a cross-cultural dialogue through the art of film in two of the most prestigious institutions in the film world!

Saving Mes Aynak Invited to International Festival of Archaeological Film

Saving Mes Aynak is going to France again for a biannual festival of archaeology films in Bordeaux on October 26th through 29th. ICRONOS – International Festival of Archaeological Film - is praised as “a stable fixture of the European archaeology film festival circuit, creating a valuable venue for producers specializing in this genre” by the Archaeology Chanel.

 

Saving Mes Aynak’s First Visit to Singapore!

Saving Mes Aynak goes to North Korea!

Saving Mes Aynak is going to North Korea as part of the 15th Pyongyang International Film Festival! The Festival, whose mission is to “promote exchange and cooperation between world filmmakers with the ideal of Independence, Peace and Friendship,” will be from September 16 to 21, 2016.

Saving Mes Aynak on Korean TV!

Saving Mes Aynak will hit Korean TV through August! Buddhist True Network (BTN), a premier Buddhist channel of Korea, has invited Saving Mes Aynak to air over 8 times, both on air and online. Through this broadcast, we hope to connect with Korean audience who, with the country’s long history with Buddhism, understand the importance of cultural heritage sites.

Click the image to go to the promo video

Saving Mes Aynak Wins Big in Italy!

 Saving Mes Aynak takes home the top prize for best international documentary at the Life After Oil Film Festival in Sardinia, Italy! This is a huge honor from a panel of juries spanning Italian filmmakers, journalists, academics, and activists. On top of the prize, Life After Oil was a wonderful opportunity to engage with international audience in an incredible outdoor venue.

Saving Mes Aynak at the Art Institute of Chicago

Saving Mes Aynak comes back to Chicago for a screening at the Art Institute of Chicago! Director Brent E. Huffman will be in attendance for the Q&A at the Price Auditorium.

Summer Update on Saving Mes Aynak!

Al Jazeera's promo for Saving Mes Aynak. Click image to view.

An updated version of Saving Mes Aynak hit the air on Al Jazeera English on June 29th and streamed online for free on Al Jazeera’s website for a limited time (outside the US).

Viewers expressed their excitement and emotional responses to the broadcast on social media, showing solidarity as always:

#SavingMesAynak an incredibly powerful, moving documentary on the fight to save Afghan culture – a must watch!! pic.twitter.com/uD35aBIuqn

— Annis Turner (@anniskturner) June 29, 2016

 

The Buddhas Of Mes Aynak: It’s Time To Save Greatest Treasures Of Afghanistan - https://t.co/bsjXafYcXb https://t.co/DNq4BBfh8j

— AlvaroDBraga (@alisbuna) June 30, 2016

 

@narendramodi Pls consider sending Indian ASI team and/or professors, students of archaeological studies 2 this site https://t.co/Jyg47q7zj5

— Trilochana (@Trilochana888) July 1, 2016

 

Today is the rebroadcast of updated version…this is worthy of appointment viewing.
Hoping to see it myself! https://t.co/fTm8qCt5aF

— Mark LaMet (@LaMetTVNews) June 29, 2016

 

@AJEnglish @SavingMesAynak @AJWitness It shouldn’t be on the archeologists shoulders. We have all failed the Afghan people.

— Hans van Dijk (@hansvandijk1603) June 30, 2016

 

@AJWitness @SavingMesAynak @AJEnglish I’m watching this and my heart is breaking. Stories and history gone, forever

— Lady Lovely Lumps (@Chemu18Cheryl) June 30, 2016

We now have French, Dutch, German, Italian, and Japanese subtitles available for the VHX streaming service. Impassioned viewers of Saving Mes Aynak volunteered to translate the film, making it possible for us to share the film with even wider range of audiences.

Home DVDs of Saving Mes Aynak will be released in November with the film’s U.S. distributor Icarus Films.

Saving Mes Aynak continues to travel the world this summer! We have screenings being organized by audience members in Luxembourg and Kabul, Afghanistan. Spring 2016 was one of the busiest period for Mes Aynak, spanning AfghanistanPakistanSweden,BulgariaCzech RepublicIndiaHong KongFranceCanada, and in the U.S., Seattle,New YorkSan Francisco, San Diego, and Santa Cruz.

Now Saving Mes Aynak will make its way to the Art Institute of Chicago, a premier museum in the U.S., ItalySingaporeFrance, Greece, Lebanon, and Iran. We are also honored to be invited for an encore screening with the San Francisco Green Film Festival this October at the San Francisco Public Library! Furthermore, Saving Mes Aynak will be receiving the prestigious Green Spark Award at American Conservation Film Festival happening the 3rd and 4th weekend of October in Virginia.

Saving Mes Aynak will hit Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC later this year through the China Onscreen Biennial (COB), a showcase of Chinese film and media arts for American audiences. Saving Mes Aynak will be a part of COB’s program called Dunhuang Projected, “named after the eponymous town in the Gobi Desert in northwestern China that was an important nexus of the Silk Road from 400-1400 CE, and the gateway for Buddhism from India into China. The town’s complex of caves hold the largest extant collection of Buddhist art in the world, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site,” according to the organizers.
Thanks to the initiatives of students, professors, and museum professionals, we continue to travel colleges and museums across the country! Director Brent E. Huffman will be in attendance for the post-screening Q&A at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Missouri. McDaniel College will host Saving Mes Aynak for the World Wise Documentary series. 

Saving Mes Aynak is the winner of Green Spark Award at American Conservation Film Festival and the 37th Telly Awards & People’s Choice Award.

The American Conservation Film Festival committee chose two winners of the Green Spark Award out of nearly 300 films submitted this year, citing Saving Mes Aynak as “the most deserving of the Green Spark Award for drawing attention to a conservation hero.” Brent will be receiving the award in person in October.

An illustration created by National Geographic Magazine depicting what Mes Aynak may have looked like 2,000 years ago. 

An illustration created by National Geographic Magazine depicting what Mes Aynak may have looked like 2,000 years ago.

Saving Mes Aynak continues to travel the world!

 

Saving Mes Aynak continues to travel the world in 2016. In April, Saving Mes Aynak played at a packed house at the San Francisco Green Film Festival (where the line stretched around the block and people had to be turned away!) and the Hong Kong screening with Buddhistdoor & Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong, where over two hundred people came out to support Mes Aynak.

Composer Momayoun Sakhi, Director Brent E. Huffman, Founder of SF Green Film Festival, Rachel Caplan during Q&A. 
Lively discussion with Director Brent E. Huffman at the Hong Kong screening.

Spring 2016 was perhaps the busiest period ever for Mes Aynak events with international and local screenings⎯spanning AfghanistanPakistanSwedenBulgariaCzech RepublicIndiaHong KongFranceCanada, and in the U.S., SeattleNew YorkSan Francisco, San Diego, and Santa Cruz.

Director Brent E. Huffman on NHK

In celebration of the May 1st Buddha Day, Saving Mes Aynak was also highlighted on NHK, a premier broadcasting station in Japan.

Saving Mes Aynak won Silver Plaque of the 52nd Chicago International Television Awards. The film was expressly chosen from a long list of submissions, both domestic and international. In Bulgaria, Saving Mes Aynak received Special Jury Mention at the Master of Art Film Festival in Sofia. Saving Mes Aynak was further honored by the 37th Telly Awards, best in the Film/Video documentary category and voted for People’s Choice Award.

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American Conservation Film Festival selected Saving Mes Aynak for this year’s Green Spark Award. Chosen out of nearly 300 films submitted, Saving Mes Aynak was cited as ”the most deserving of the Green Spark Award for drawing attention to a conservation hero.”

Artifact from Mes Aynak in spotlight at the National Museum of Czech Republic

Saving Mes Aynak will screened alongside an exquisite exhibition, Afghan Tales, by the National Museum of World Culture in Göteborg, Sweden. The exhibition will feature 22 contemporary Afghan photographers and objects in the collection of the Museum. This continues the film’s strong partnership with museums, starting with Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, Seattle Art Museum, and currently at the National Museum of Czech Republic. Artifacts from Mes Aynak are in the spotlight at the exhibition coined “Afghanistan – Rescued Treasures of Buddhism” until the end of April.

Saving Mes Aynak has been shown to the Afghan community at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul and in Pakistan at the Center for Media & Design at Habib University. The Pakistani and international students, faculty, and special guests at this event discussed documenting and preserving the heritage and histories of diverse religious communities in the Middle East and South Asia.

Through the second half of 2016, Saving Mes Aynak will make its way to the Art Institute of Chicago, a premier museum in the U.S., Italy, Singapore, France, Greece, Lebanon, and Iran. The film will also have an encore screening with the San Francisco Green Film Festival this September at the San Francisco Public Library.