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Miss Kiet's Children (2017)




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Kiet Engels is the kind of teacher one wishes every schoolchild could have. She is strict but never harsh. She is loving but never soft. Her patience in endless. Miss Kiet's pupils have only just arrived in Holland. Many are refugees. Everything is new and confusing. Some at first 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. Haya is at first impetuous, yet fearful. Little by little, Miss Kiet helps her to find her friendly side. Leanne is quiet and lonely. But after a few months she able to tell everyone, in Dutch, that she loves Branche. Jorj has trouble sleeping and is unruly. His little brother Maksim has terrible nightmares. Miss Kiet's tenacity helps Jorj discover that learning can be worthwhile and even fun. By observation alone, without interviews or voice-over, the film focuses on four children of different nationalities. Pursuing their perspective, the camera follows at close hand their struggles to learn a new language, their fights, their friendships and their first loves. By the end of the documentary, an affectionate community has grown - the fruit of a teacher's patience and dedication. A film of many touching moments, some of them hilarious, The Children of Miss Kiet chronicles changes that are small yet at the same time immense


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Much like a day at elementary school, this vérité wonder called Miss Kiet's Children is exhausting, heartening, raucous, tender, occasionally dull, sometimes tearful, and ultimately a vital public good.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

"Miss Kiet's Children" is a pointedly political (if overly precious) documentary set entirely at a Dutch primary school.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

A lovely, upbeat, even life-affirming film.

December 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Poignant docu about Dutch teacher's refugee students.

December 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Affecting doc about one teacher's handling of a classroom filled with immigrant children, probingly filmed but with a graceful tact.

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Childhood in Peter Lataster and Petra Lataster-Czisch's documentary is the terrain of contradiction and ambiguity.

December 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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