Kartemquin Films has joined director-producer Brent Huffman on the documentary Saving Mes Aynak, about the imperiled 2,000-year-old Buddha statue in Afghanistan (pictured).

Huffman has been independently shooting at the Mes Aynak site in Afghanistan since 2011 and brought the documentary to Kartemquin Films.

He aims to finish editing imminently in time for a 2014 premiere.

“As the premiere destination for complex social issue films that intend on making a global impact, Kartemquin is the dream home for Saving Mes Aynak,” said Huffman.

Saving Mes Aynak was one of 18 documentaries that received grant funding from the John T and Catherine D MacArthur Foundation this year. Other funding has come from smaller grants and a successful Kickstarter campaign.

“We are delighted to bring Brent and his film to Kartemquin,” said Justine Nagan, Kartemquin’s executive director. “Its memorable characters and unique narrative has enormous potential to raise awareness around this important issue.

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