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Kartemquin Films will make director Brent E. Huffman’s documentary, "Saving Mes Aynak
," available for free to the people of Afghanistan, the Chicago-based not-for-profit documentary collective announced.
Kartemquin is currently offering streams, downloads, DVD/Blu-Rays and public screenings of "Saving Mes Aynak" through their campaign on Indiegogo
. An initial 10% of the $50,000 campaign goal of raised funds will also go directly to funding archeologists preserving the site. Should the filmmakers exceed their goal before midnight PDT on June 26, they will double that direct donation to 20%.
The film follows archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save the 5,000-year-old Buddhist archeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. It’s endangered not only by religious fundamentalists, but also by a Chinese mining company chasing corporate profits.
In traveling to the region on his own many times, "Saving Mes Aynak" director Brent E. Huffman risked his life at the hands of land mines and Taliban fighters.