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Filmed throughout three years, 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.


  • Fazula
  • Hasiba
  • Yaldash Mir-Habibullah
  • Rostam Mir-Mohammed-Ullah
  • Sohrab Mir-Safiullah
  • Faiz Mohammed
  • Nik Mohammed
  • Sayed Muqaddas-Saies
  • Nabiullah
  • Rogul

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  • The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2018.
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Aug 7, 2019

Not everything here is perfect; the musical score, by Norwegian composer John Erik Kaada, favors ambient sonic wanderings that smooth over the conflicts on screen. But by the end, you feel as though you’ve truly gotten to know a full range of Kabul residents through their daily routines, joys, recreational diversions (kite-flying, slingshots, the international language of soccer) and bone-deep skepticism about the future.

Metacritic review by Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Jul 23, 2019

For viewers who adjust to its deliberately slow rhythms, the reward is a vivid portrait of daily life in Kabul and a rich look into childhood from the perspective of children who have every reason to expect the worst.

Metacritic review by David D'Arcy
David D'Arcy
Screen International
Jul 23, 2019

At its best, which is often enough, the film does provide that sort of intimate and evocative insight into a culture too often vilified due to Western ignorance. At others, the gentle exquisiteness with which Longley approaches even the most unappealing sights and sounds feels like an evasion of something more troubling, and potentially more profound.

Metacritic review by Keith Uhlich
Keith Uhlich
The Hollywood Reporter