Super 16mm Colour and Sound

Ariana tells the story of a film crew that sets out to visit the Pandjsher Valley in Northern Afghanistan. Described in classic Persian poetry as a 'paradise garden' the impenetrable nature of the valley and its lush, fertile landscape have set it apart from the rest of the country and encouraged a history of independence and resistance. As the crew is unable to film the valley from a vantage point in the surrounding Hindu Kush mountains, the film becomes the story of a failed project that prompts a process of reflection on the 'panorama' as a form of military strategic overview, as a cinematic camera movement, and its origins as a pre-cinematic mass entertainment.

Location: Pandjsher Valley and Kabul, Afghanistan, August and October 2002
Camera: ARRI SR3
Stock: 7245, 7246, 7289 Kodak
Lenses: 25mm & 50mm Zeiss Primes
Aspect ratio: 1:66
Director of photography: Tom Townend
Editor: Ida Bregninge
Sound: Aurélien Bras
Executive producers: Julie Gonssard
Process: Éclair, Joinville, France
Grade: One Post, London, UK
Post Production: Frontline Television, London, UK
Produced by: Max Wigram Gallery London, Film and Video Umbrella London, Chisenhale Gallery London,the Arts Council UK, Marion and Guy Naggar, Alan Djanogly