One of the most popular and most awarded documentary films in the past several years “Saving Mes Aynak” will be screened for the first time in front of the Macedonian public this Tuesday (28 February) at the Museum of Macedonia in Skopje, starting from 14:00 o’clock. The entry will be free.
The documentary, filmed in 2014, follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori and his Afghani-French excavation team as they attempt to save and preserve one of the most valuable archaeological sites in the Near East – Mes Aynak, which is threatened by destruction with the building of a new large-scale copper mine at the site. Mes Aynak, which rich cultural layers stretch for over 5000 years, was an important Buddhist religious and mining center on the famous Silk Road.
The film is produced by Kartemquin Films from Chicago, USA, and directed by Brent E. Huffman, who in his extensive career has worked with media houses such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, PBS, TIME, The New York Times and others.
“Saving Mes Aynak” is the award winner for Best Documentary Film at The International Academic Forum in 2015, and has been screened at the prestigious international festivals for archaeological films AGON in Greece and ICRONOS in France. The Macedonian premiere is organized by the Association of Archaeology Students “Axios” – Skopje, in collaboration with the Museum of Macedonia.