A gem of a documentary: subtle yet powerful, with an exquisite feel for what might be going on inside the heads of refugee children.
Kiet is the teacher you wish every child could have: loving and just, and infinitely patient. During an entire school year, directors Petra and Peter Lataster filmed Miss Kiet and her class of children from many countries. Miss Kiet teaches them to read and write in Dutch – and above all, how to get along and to solve their problems together. Miss Kiet’s Children is a heartwarming movie; though its content is serious, its tone is often hilarious. The perfect ode to the teacher whom every child deserves.
Petra en Peter Lataster say of their movie, “First and foremost, we want to show how the children deal with a new situation. The uneasiness, the confusion, the mutual incomprehension. How do you express yourself if you don’t yet speak the new language? How do you know what to do if you can’t understand the teacher?”