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.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: James Longley 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, James has gone on to direct and produce several documentaries in the Middle East, including two Oscar-nominated documentaries in Iraq: IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS and SARI’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, James was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2009, and a US Artists Ford Fellow in 2011.


Director: James Longley
Producers: Basil Shadid & James Longley
Executive Producers: Joslyn Barnes & Danny Glover
Co-producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen

STATUS: In post production