Roadside bomb kills police chief.” “Suicide bombers attack NATO contractor’s office.” “Afghanistan truck bomb kills 5.”

Pigeons cover the sky as Afghan men gather outside Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque to attend Eid al-Adha prayers in Kabul. (Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

For German journalist and filmmaker Lukas Augustin, though, those stories did not tell of the country he fell in love with while working in humanitarian aid from 2006 to 2008. Last week, he and his wife, photographer Salome Augustin, released a short film called “Touch Down in Flight,” that captured the place beyond the gunfire, explosions and terror. It is a rich, finely crafted portrait:

In a related story, check out the young Afghan woman who is betting $1 million that what her country needs is some good old-fashioned bowling.