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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.

"Veteran duo Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster deliver a master class in nonfiction filmmaking with Miss Kiet's Children, one of the year's truly outstanding European documentaries... The result is a lovely, upbeat, even life-affirming film."
- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"A documentary jewel: subtle but powerful with a faultless feeling for what goes on in children's heads. A small monument for a teacher, but above all for her brave class."
- De Volkskrant
"Everything you heard about Miss Kiet's Children is true. Easily the best Dutch film of the year."
- Trouw Newspaper
"This entirely engrossing, tender and shrewdly observed documentary is the study of a special infant school class in the Netherlands, which is set aside for the children of migrants and refugees—largely from Syria... A lovely film."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Miss Kiet's Children is all about hope and what can be achieved by one good woman. A beautifully judged piece."
- Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International