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​Saving Mes Aynak, an award-winning documentary film that follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori in his campaign to save the Mes Aynak site in central Logar province from demolition by a Chinese company, has been released in Afghanistan.
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Mes Aynak, a 2,000-year-old Buddhist city atop a 5,000-year-old Bronze Age settlement in Afghanistan, is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Only ten percent of this massive 500,000 square meter site has been
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Filmmakers are launching a crowdfunding campaign to save Mes Aynak -- a 5,000 year-old Buddhist archaeological site in Afghanistan -- aimed at raising international pressure on a Chinese state-owne...
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Saving Mes Aynak is the important documentary showing at Full Frame this year. How can that be? Because it is a call to action that needs immediate attention. Deep in Afghanistan is a hidden village that's around 5000 years old. The location is finally being excavated by locals with a passion ...
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Great news! 

Saving Mes Aynak, my documentary about the fight to save an ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan, is now officially a Kartemquin co-production. 

Kartemquin is the production company behind incredible documentaries like Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters and Life Itself.

https://kartemquin.com/news/saving-mes-aynak-comes-to-kartemquin
Undiscovered for 2,000 years, it survived revolution, invasion and war. Now destruction looms again: this is the story of Saving Mes Aynak.
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Director Brent E. Huffman's newest project, Saving Mes Aynak, is a broadly unique and impactful look at the ancient Afghan city of Mes Aynak, now underground, and the plight of archaeologist Qadir Temori as he battled economic pressure and outright threats of violence in his quest to preserve ...
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Be a HERO!  Help SAVE Mes Aynak TODAY!
MAKE HISTORY BY SAVING HISTORY. See the beauty of Mes Aynak, & take a stand to stop its destruction. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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The director of Saving Mes Aynak Brent E. Huffman has a story of passion, perseverance, and a deep respect and admiration for a people whose cultural history could be wiped away unless something is done to change that
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My new update about Mes Aynak now up on Fair Observer.
Mes Aynak, one of Afghanistan's most important cultural treasures, may be destroyed by the end of 2015
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What will the fate of Afghanistan's culture be? [Note: Read part one here.] Fair Observer’s Central & South Asia Editor, Will Calhoun, speaks to Brent E.
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Documentary filmmaker, China and Afghanistan watcher, and assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.
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Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, writer, and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. His work ranges from documentaries aired on The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS and Al Jazeera, to Sundance Film Festival premieres, to ethnographic films made for the China Exploration and Research Society.   He has also directed, produced, shot, and edited short documentaries for online outlets like The New York Times, TIME, Salon, Huffington Post and PBS Arts.

Huffman has been making social issue documentaries and environmental films for more than a decade in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These films have gone on to win numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy, Best Conservation Film-Jackson Hole, Best Documentary-Fresno, three Cine Golden Eagle Awards, a College Emmy, a Student Academy Award, and a Grand Jury Award at AFI’s SILVERDOCS.

Huffman was also an editor of Julia Reichert’s and Steven Bognar’s Primetime Emmy winning PBS documentary series A Lion in the House about children battling cancer.

Huffman is also a writer whose work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Fair Observer, Asia Society Online, Tricycle Magazine, Bust Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, FRONTLINE and The China Digital Times. He recently completed a book about his experiences in China called Life in the Heart of China: Diary from a Forbidden World.

In 2009, Huffman covered Vortex 2, the world’s largest tornado research project for NBC and The Weather Channel. Most recently, he completed the documentary The Colony for Al Jazeera about China in Africa. He is currently working on two new documentaries in Afghanistan and China.

Brent Huffman is also an assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he teaches documentary production and theory.

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