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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.

Saving Mes Aynak on LA Times and CNN!

Director Brent Huffman was interviewed for Christine Amanpour on CNN to discuss Mes Aynak.

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View the whole interview here.

 

Saving Mes Aynak was also featured on LA Times before the film’s upcoming nationwide broadcast on  “Witness” on Al Jazeera America. Read the re-cap of the film and interview with director Huffman here.

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Recent coverage on Saving Mes Aynak

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The Saving Mes Aynak team launched Indiegogo campaign to continue the outreach work to educate the audience on the beauty and importance of Mes Aynak and appeal to the Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to spare the site from destruction and register the site as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following is the continued coverage on Saving Mes Aynak and the Indiegogo campaign.

Popular Archaeology – cover story

Audience Everywhere – interview with director Brent Huffman

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The Art Newspaper

Huffington Post

Latest on Saving Mes Aynak

PBS NEWSHOUR with A Sneak Peek of Saving Mes Aynak

November 25, 2014
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Ahead of the world premiere at IDFA (International Film Festival Amsterdam) 2014, we gave PBS NewsHour a sneak peek of footage from the finished film and a new interview with Brent Huffman about the Mes Aynak site.

FIPA To Host French Premiere of Saving Mes Aynak

January 7, 2015
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Saving Mes Aynak has been selected for the prestigious FIPA Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, screening this January 21, 2015 in Biarritz, France.

SAVING MES AYNAK TO WORLD PREMIERE AT IDFA 2014

October 10, 2014
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We are delighted to announce Saving Mes Aynak has been selected to World Premiere at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the world’s largest documentary film festival.

FAIR OBSERVER: Saving Mes Aynak, Revisited

January 16, 2015
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Read the latest news story from the Fair Observer written by director Brent E. Huffman where he talks about making the film, significant updates on Mes Aynak, and the latest way you can help!

Recent press for “Saving Mes Aynak”

Front page video and Op-Ed on The New York Times by documentary filmmaker and professor Brent E. Huffman:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/opinion/a-chinese-threat-to-afghan-buddhas.html

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“Saving Mes Aynak” is awarded a MacArthur Foundation Grant:

http://www.macfound.org/documentaryfilm/380

 

LIVE CNN interview (broadcast on CNN International) from the ancient Buddhist city of Mes Aynak in Logar province:

http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/05/race-against-time-to-save-ancient-afghan-site/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor and documentary filmmaker Brent Huffman’s CNN Opinion story about “Saving Mes Aynak” (front page):

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/22/opinion/afghanistan-buddha-site-mine/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

 

The Independent in London – Sunday Edition:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/afghanistans-heritage-is-at-stake-8537560.html

 

Radio interview with director Brent Huffman on BBC’s The World:

http://www.theworld.org/2012/11/afghan-buddhas/

 

The Diplomat – Front Page:

http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/10/saving-the-buddhas-of-mes-aynak-updated/

 

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Behind-the-scenes article from the UK-based The Film Review:

http://thefilmreview.com/film-news/documenting-the-buddhas-of-aynak.html

 

The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/11/08/a-kickstarter-campaign-for-an-ancient-site-in-afghanistan/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PBS Newshour interview with filmmaker Brent Huffman and video (front page):

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2012/12/the-last-days-of-mes-aynak.html#more

 

An interview with filmmaker and professor Brent Huffman on Chicago NPR (WBEZ Worldview):

http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/digging-copper-finding-buddhist-treasures-100415 

 

Foreign Policy slideshow:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/21/afghanistans_vanishing_buddhas

 

ABC Australia Radio interview with Brent Huffman:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-05/interview-brent-huffman/4298578

 

AOL’s Gadling travel website:

http://www.gadling.com/2012/11/28/mes-aynak-one-of-the-worlds-great-archeological-treasures-is/

 

Toronto Star:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1302159–afghanistan-archeological-site-in-a-race-for-survival

 

Fair Observer two-part interview with director Brent Huffman and photo essay by Huffman:

http://www.fairobserver.com/article/race-save-mes-aynak-part-12

http://www.fairobserver.com/article/race-save-mes-aynak-part-2

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Toronto’s Travel Culture magazine:

http://www.travelculturemag.com/mes-aynak-turned-into-a-copper-mine/

 

Norway’s The Religioner:

http://religioner.no/archives/8979

 

United Press International:

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012/06/15/Filmmaker-helps-in-effort-to-save-history/UPI-32841339797721/

 

The Asia Society:

http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/are-chinese-miners-destroying-2000-year-old-buddhist-site-afghanistan-images#9

 

Three-page feature story about Mes Aynak by Brent Huffman in Tricycle Magazine – the largest Buddhist magazine in the US:

http://www.tricycle.com/feature/fate-mes-aynak

 

Tricycle Magazine’s blog:

http://www.tricycle.com/blog/chinese-mining-company-might-destroy-ancient-buddhist-ruins-mes-aynak

 

Past Horizons Magazine:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/11/2012/help-save-the-cultural-heritage-of-afghanistan

 

NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2012/09/24/161677990/foreign-policy-golden-buddha-hidden-copper 

 

Archaeology Magazine:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/675-130318-afghanistan-buddhism-mes-anyak/675-130318-afghanistan-buddhism-mes-anyak

 

The Majalla – the leading Arab Magazine:

http://www.majalla.com/eng/2012/11/article55235865

 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison:

http://news.ls.wisc.edu/?p=11629

 

“Erasing the History of Buddhist Afghanistan One Mine at a Time” by Brent E. Huffman - The University of Chicago’s Divinity School:

https://divinity.uchicago.edu/sightings/erasing-history-buddhist-afghanistan-one-mine-time-brent-e-huffman

 

Northwestern University continuing coverage of “Saving Mes Aynak”:

http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2012/06/huffman-afghanistan.html

http://discover.northwestern.edu/stories/preserving-ancient-buddhist-site

http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2014/01/preserving-an-ancient-afghani-religious-site.html

 

Asian Correspondent:

http://asiancorrespondent.com/62197/assistant-professor-showcases-afghanistans-cultural-treasures/

 

PolicyMic:

http://www.policymic.com/articles/20188/the-buddhas-of-aynak-the-afghan-cultural-site-that-the-world-does-not-care-about

 

Medill School of Journalism’s National Security Zone – story by filmmaker Brent Huffman and interview:

http://nationalsecurityzone.org/site/chasing-chinas-tail-the-long-road-to-mes-aynak-afghanistan/

http://nationalsecurityzone.org/site/filmmaker-risks-life-to-document-ancient-afghan-buddhist-citys-imminent-destruction/

 

Association for Research into Crimes Against Art:

http://art-crime.blogspot.com/2012/09/documentarian-brent-huffman-warns-of.html

 

Evanston NOW:

http://evanstonnow.com/story/education/northwestern-news/2012-06-06/50103/nu-prof-films-efforts-to-preserve-afghan-heritage

 

China Digital Times:

http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/05/resources-imperiled-buddhas-and-sino-afghan-relations/

 

Clyde Fitch Report:

http://www.clydefitchreport.com/2013/08/chinese-mine-threatens-afghan-buddhas/

 

South China Morning Post:

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1190941/china-digging-afghanistans-treasure-trove

 

Wright State University’s continued coverage of filmmaker Brent Huffman’s efforts to save Mes Aynak:

http://webapp2.wright.edu/web1/newsroom/2014/02/04/wright-state-grad-wins-macarthur-grant-for-documentary-on-ancient-afghan-site/

http://webapp2.wright.edu/web1/community/2013/filmmaker-in-the-spotlight/

 

The Temple Trail:

http://thetempletrail.com/saving-mes-aynak/

 

University of Hawaii’s Muslim Societies in Asia and the Pacific:

http://www.msaphawaii.org/2014/01/30/news-chinese-copper-mine-in-afghanistan-threatens-2600-year-old-buddhist-monastery/

 

Official Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/buddhasofaynak

 

Official Twitter page:

https://twitter.com/Brent_Huffman

 

Many international reports like this one from Malaysia:

Brent E. Huffman’s Yuja Wang “Sound Tracks” videos for PBS Arts and Salon.com:

http://www.pbs.org/arts/gallery/quick-hits-yuja-wang/qh-yuja-wang-interview/

Brent E. Huffman interviews Syrians in Jordan for TIME magazine:

 

http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,1432320499001_2106203,00.html

Medill professor and professional documentary filmmaker Brent E. Huffman was interviewed by PBS about the importance of a documentary film education.

http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/2011/11/should-documentary-filmmakers-go-to-film-school.php

Brent E. Huffman and Xiaoli Zhou to speak and show a retrospective of their documentaries at the Forum for Global Engagement – Semester at Sea 2011.

http://www.semesteratsea.org/fge/speaker-bios

“The Colony” wins a Telly award in the TV Documentary category.