Saving Mes Aynak
On the Trail of the Far Fur Country
Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afgha-nistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, 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. The Afghan archaeo-logists face an impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban and local politics to save their cultural heritage from likely erasure.
Hallstatt is a small village in the heart of the Austrian Alps. From time immemorial its existence was linked to the exploitation of the rock salt mines in these mountains that has continued over the centuries. However, this has been just a fraction of its archaeological importance to European prehistory. These mines have brought worldwide fame and notoriety to Hallstatt and have made it deserving of its declaration as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1977.
In 1919, a film crew set out on an epic journey across Canada's North. Over the course of six months, their expedition traveled by icebreaker, canoe, and dog sled, capturing the Canadian fur trade in a silent documentary.
Rediscovering the documentary in a British archive, another film crew begins a journey to resurrect the lost film, taking it to the communities where the film was originally shot. Images come to life; people recognize faces, landscapes, and lost traditions.
Kingdom of Salt:
7000 years of Hallstatt