In 1971, the experimental film maker Anthony Stern travelled to Afghanistan with his 16mm film camera. The footage was lost for almost 30 years.

Recently rediscovered, it forms the basis of this impressionistic documentary, with an original soundtrack provided by the world fusion musicians ‘Equa’.  
This film provides a unique portrait of a people and culture that no longer exist.    

directed and filmed by Anthony Stern
produced by Sadia
music by Equa
edited by S Sadia and Stephen W Tayler
sound design and mix by Stephen W Tayler


2006 trailer - Quicktime movie

IMDb Entry


'The Noon Gun' had its world premiere at the 53rd Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) in 2004.

It was also shown at the 'Bite The Mango' Film Festival at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, September 2004.

In 2005 it featured as part of 'Films From The South' Festival in Oslo, Norway.

'The Noon Gun' was shortlisted, along with 6 other films, for The Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Competition in London. Extracts from the entries were screened at the Award Ceremony held in the David Lean Room of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Piccadilly, London on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd April 2006.

'The Noon Gun' has been screened by Tolo TV, the most popular liberal TV station in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Bhutan Broadcasting Service (the only service to broadcast inside the Bhutanese border) broadcast 'The Noon Gun' on July 26, 27 and 28, 2006.