Angels Are Made of Light

  • James Longley
  • United States, Denmark, Norway
  • 2018
  • 117 min
  • European Premiere
  • Best of Fests

“If I keep working, I’ll fail at school. If I keep studying, I’ll lose my job.” The son of a car mechanic reveals the uncertainties that he’s dealing with, and he isn’t the only one. In contemporary Afghanistan, everyone is struggling to fathom what the future will be like—understandable in a country that has been ravaged by war for decades.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker James Longley (Iraq in Fragments) has found an effective form to explore the divisions in society and collective concerns. Young and old, men and women: they all voice their thoughts in the soundtrack, as the camera shows ruined neighborhoods and cold classrooms. Nevertheless, the message isn't without hope, and a sense of optimism shines through.

Based on personal recollections and ambitions, Angels Are Made of Light shows where Afghanistan has come from, where it is today, and where it needs to go. In devastated Kabul, education and religion are a source of stability, and young people in particular seem to have the courage to imagine a new future for themselves. 


  • 117 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Dari, Pashto, Arabic, English
  • Subtitles in: English
James Longley
James Longley for Daylight Factory
Executive producer
Danny Glover for Louverture Films, LLC, Anatoly Savin, Jeff Sanderson, Lara Sanderson, Basil Shadid
Final Cut for Real, Piraya Film AS, Louverture Films, LLC
James Longley

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