Angels Are Made of Light follows students and teachers at a school in an old neighborhood of Kabul that is slowly rebuilding from past conflicts. 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.

GRASSHOPPER FILM has acquired USA distribution rights to Angels Are Made Of Light. Please visit the Grasshopper Film page for Angels Are Made Of Light for more news and upcoming screenings.


”What is life like on the ground for ordinary people in another culture, another world? That’s been the bread and butter of observational documentaries for forever, but almost never is it done with the kind of beauty and grace filmmaker James Longley brings to his Afghanistan-set Angels Are Made of Light.” — Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"A gorgeous rumination on three brothers, in school and in turmoil." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"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

“Critic’s Pick! Longley has a knack for composition and for capturing telling details… The director finds beauty everywhere — in a cloud of dust, a traffic jam, the raucous din of children at play. And wherever such beauty exists, we imagine, hope can never be entirely absent.” — Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times

"A superlative documentary. A powerful, thrillingly told rumination of life in wartime." — Josh Brunsting, Criterion Cast

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