Angels are Made of Light

United States / 2018 / 117 minutes / NR

A stirring and beautiful documentary from Academy Award nominated director James Longley (Iraq in Fragments), Angels Are Made of Light traces the lives of young students and their teachers at a school in the old city of Kabul. Interweaving the modern history of Afghanistan with present-day portraits, the film offers an intimate and nuanced vision of a society living in the shadow of war.


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  • Director

    James Longley

  • Producer

    James Longley
    Signe Sorensen
    Joslyn Barnes
    Danny Glover
    Susan Rockefeller
    Tony Tabatznik

  • "Stirring and gorgeous."

    — Nick Schager, Variety
  • "A vivid portrait of daily life in Kabul and a rich look into childhood. Probing and visually inventive. Finds a resilience among the most vulnerable of its characters."

    — David D'Arcy, Screen Daily
  • “A beautiful movie.”

    — Christopher Reed, Hammer to Nail
  • "An unscripted and unmediated portrait of quotidian life in an old neighborhood of Kabul."

    — Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker
  • "A clear-eyed and confrontational portrait."

    — David Ehrlich, Indiewire
  • "A superlative documentary. A powerful, thrillingly told rumination of life in wartime."

    — Josh Brunsting, Criterion Cast
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