Afghan Buddhist treasure site under danger by Chinese mining company

The Buddhist Channel, Jan 13, 2016

Chicago, IL (USA) -- Saving Mes Aynak (, directed by Medill professor and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Brent Huffman, follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition.

A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eager to harvest 100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins.

Only 10% of Mes Aynak has been excavated, though, and some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself.
Saving Mes Aynak has been screened nationwide -most recently at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. World wide, it is set to screen at the Louvre Museum through January.

It has been broadcast nationally in the US and in many other countries such Australia, Singapore, Japan and Italy.

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