MAKE HISTORY BY SAVING IT. See the beauty of Mes Aynak, and take a stand to stop its destruction.
Saving Mes Aynak follows archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old Buddhist archeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. Sold to them by the Afghan government, a Chinese State-owned mining company is closing in on Mes Aynak, eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. To get to the copper, however, would mean blowing up the site and reducing it - and an entire mountain range - to rubble. It would mean the forced evacuation and relocation of countless native Afghans from the area, who will never be able to return to their homes due to toxicity from the mining. It would mean erasing from the face of the Earth all of the culture and history that Mes Aynak contains.
Although only 10% of the site has been excavated, the discoveries are already rewriting the history of Buddhism, Afghanistan, and us - who we are as human beings. Imagine what is still there, waiting to be re-discovered and shared with the world. Saving Mes Aynak, from the producers of Life Itself and The Interrupters, examines the conflict between cultural preservation and economic opportunity, through the lens of the Afghan archaeologists and local villagers who live and work near Mes Aynak. They face a nearly impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban, and local politics to save their culture and heritage from permanent erasure.
But we can help. We can stop this from happening. savingmesaynak.com