Miss Kiet’s Children


How do children adjust to a new school, a new teacher and a new language? Kiet Engels is the kind of teacher any student would like to have. Haya, Leanne, Jorj and Maksim have just arrived in Holland, they are refugees and for them everything is new and confusing. But Miss Kiet with her firm yet loving approach and her personal methodology, soon gains their trust.

Miss Kiet not only teaches her students to read and write in Dutch, but also helps them learn to solve problems together and respect one another. Slowly the children gain skills and confidence. Miss Kiet and her students teach us how small changes can be also immense.


Writer/director Petra Lataster-Czisch (1954, Dessau) and cameraman Peter Lataster (1955, Amsterdam) have been a filming duo since 1989. They have made several award-winning feature documentaries, shorts, and dance films. In 2001 they started a production company, Lataster&Films. In 2012 IDFA honoured Petra and Peter with a retrospective of their work and the Dutch Institute of Sound and Vision released a DVD box with their collected works. Main titles: Miss Kiet’s Children (2016), Awake in a Bad Dream (2013), Jerome Jerome (2011), Not Without You (2010), If We Knew (2007).


  • IDFA / / 2016
  • Gotenburg IFF / Sweden / 2017
  • DOXA Vancouver / Canada / 2017 / Honorable Mention
  • DokFest Munich / 2017 / Germany / Audience Award
  • NFF /  The Netherlands / 2017 / Best Dutch Documentary Award
Miss Kiet’s Children | Edition 2018, Official Section - Panorama

Miss Kiet’s Children

Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster

The Netherlands (2016)



Language: Dutch, Arabic


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