Film: Saving Mes Aynak
Watch the film about archaeologists fighting Chinese mining companies, Taliban and local politicians to save a 5000-year excavation site that can redefine both Buddhism and Afghanistan's history. After the film, the scientist of the National Museums of World Cultural Eva Myrdal will give a topical lecture on the risks of economic exploitation by large companies and illegal excavations of antique sites and illegal trade in cultural objects for the joint history writing.
About the film:
Saving Mes Aynak examines the conflict between cultural preservation and economic opportunity through the lens of the Afghan archaeologists and local villagers who work and live near Mes Aynak. Qadir Temori and his fellow Afghan archaeologists face what seems an impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban and local politics to save their cultural heritage from likely erasure.