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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
7:00 PM


Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall




Oriental Institute - Events Coordinator


“Saving Mes Aynak” Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Film Director Brent E. Huffman; Gil J. Stein, Director of the Oriental Institute; Lawrence Rothfield, Faculty Director of the Past For Sale Project of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society; and Fahim Rahimi, National Museum of Afghanistan and Fulbright Fellow - University of Pennsylvania

Moderator: McGuire Gibson, Professor of Mesopotamian Archaeology, Oriental Institute

Kartemquin Film’s newest award winning documentary Saving Mes Aynak 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.

Panel Discussion and Reception to follow