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Miss Kiet's Children

  • Director(s): Peter Lataster, Petra Lataster-Czisch
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Language: Dutch
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 115 min.

Immigrant children have to find their way in a new classroom, with a new teacher and a language they don’t understand. An ode to the teacher every child deserves. Many of Miss Kiet’s pupils are refugees who have just arrived in Holland. Everything is new and confusing. Some are quarrelsome and headstrong. But Miss Kiet’s firm but loving hand brings calm and awakens interest. She not only teaches her pupils to read and write Dutch, but also helps them learn to solve problems together and respect one another. Slowly the children gain skills and confidence.

"The Latasters rarely put a foot wrong - from their static opening shot in the town of Hapert to the final frames of Miss Kiet in her classroom, this is a beautifully-judged piece. "
- Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
"The result is a lovely, upbeat, even life-affirming film. It's a work which certainly doesn't soft-pedal the less appealing sides of children's behavior, but shows that empathy, given appropriate circumstances and resources, can be taught just as effectively as arithmetic and spelling. "
- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"Miss Kiet's Children is a pointedly political (if overly precious) documentary set entirely at a Dutch primary school."
- Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times


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