Miss Kiet's Children
De kinderen van juf Kiet
Both touching and hilarious, “Miss Kiet's Children” chronicles small changes of immense consequence. Using observation alone, without interviews or voice-over, the film assumes the perspective of four refugee children of different nationalities and closely follows their language struggles, their fights, their friendships, and their first loves in the classroom of Kiet Engels. Miss Kiet, with her endless supply of patience, is the kind of teacher every schoolkid should have: strict but never harsh, loving but never soft. Many of her pupils are refugees who have just arrived in the Netherlands, and everything in their lives is new and confusing. Although some of the children are initially quarrelsome, the teacher’s sympathetic approach brings calm and awakens their interest. Miss Kiet doesn’t just teach her students to read and write Dutch: She also helps them learn to solve problems together and respect one another. By the film’s conclusion, an affectionate community has grown — the fruit of a teacher's dedicated labor.
Film CategoryInternational Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight
SubjectEducation Human Rights Refugees School Youth
Drs. Diane Carson & Willis Loy