Miss Kiet's Children

De kinderen van juf Kiet


Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:30pm

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.

115 min.

Directed by

Peter Lataster & Petra Lataster-Czisch

Film Category

International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight

Sponsored by

Drs. Diane Carson & Willis Loy

Film Website

Official Website

Shown with

Dancing in Limbo

Dancing in Limbo

Amanda Larsh, Hannah Bradford, Caroline Roffe, & Nick Mcdonald

Young men inside the Dzaleka Refugee Camp use dance as a way to express themselves, forget their troubles, and find success under harrowing circumstances.

14 min.
English, French & Swahili