Saving Mes Aynak

  • Fight for Areng Valley Fight for Areng Valley


Film Info
Director:Brent E. Huffman
Year of Production:2014
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Environmental Health
Running Time:60 min.


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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.

5:30pm Filmmaker Reception

Please join Green Film Fest, director Brent E. Huffman and musician Homayoun Sakhi for a reception immediately following the program in our FestHQ at 518 Valencia. Entry is complimentary for all Festival pass or ticket holders.

Community Partners:

Asia Society - Northern California Chapter | CAAM | Goethe Institut SF | UNAFF

Included Shorts

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Additional Information

Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, producer and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. His documentaries have aired on The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS and Al Jazeera, and Sundance Film Festival premieres. His documentaries have won awards including a Primetime Emmy, Best Conservation Film-Jackson Hole, and three Cine Golden Eagle Awards. Huffman's written work has been featured in CNN, The Wilson Quarterly, Frontline and more.