Angels Are Made of Light  reveals the daily struggles and inner lives of students and teachers at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, during the closing years of America’s longest war. Filmed over several years in Afghanistan, Longley offers unprecedented access, insight and perspectives across generations perched precariously before an uncertain future.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2018
Production country:
USA
Co production country:
Denmark
Norway
Release date (international):
2018-03-30
Production company:
Daylight Factory
Co production company:
Final Cut for Real
Louverture Films
Piraya Film AS
Financing company:
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
Danish Film Institute
Norwegian Film Institute
Filmkraft Rogaland
The Freedom of Expression Fund
Executive producer:
Joslyn Barnes
Producer:
James Longley
Co producer:
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Torstein Grude

Director

  • James Longley

    James Longley (b. 1972) started out as a filmmaker winning a Student Academy Award for a documentary, Portrait of Boy With Dog, made while studying at the Moscow Cinematography Institute after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then, Longley has directed and produced several documentaries in the Middle East, including two Oscar-nominated documentaries in Iraq; IIraq In Fragments and Sar's Mother. Among the awards his films have received are the Nestor Almendros Human Rights Watch Award, The Full Frame Festival Jury Prize, a Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, and Directing, Editing and Cinematography awards at the Sundance Film Festival. 35mm prints of all James’ past films are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Academy Archive. Inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2007, Langley was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2009, and a US Artists Ford Fellow in 2011. 

Crew

Director:
James Longley
Cinematographer:
James Longley
Editor:
Janus Billeskov Jansen
James Longley
Waltteri Vanhanen
Composer:
John Erik Kaada
VFX artist:
Tom Chr. Lilletvedt

Technical information

Format:
DCP 4k
Screen ratio:
1:2,39
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Dolby Atmos
Length in mins:
157'
Language:
Dari
Pashto
Arabic
English
Subtitles:
English

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