De Kinderen van Juf Kiet

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DOCVILLE 2017 is voorbij, de volgende editie is gepland tussen 21-29 maart 2018. Onderstaande informatie slaat op de editie van 2017.
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De Kinderen van Juf Kiet

Directed by Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster
The Netherlands | 115 min. | Arabic, Dutch (English subtitled)

De voorstelling van 25/3 wordt gevolgd door een Extended Q&A met Juf Kiet & de regisseurs van de film

At the local primary school in the Dutch village Hapert in Brabant, Kiet teaches children of asylum seekers who fled from countries such as Iraq, Eritrea and Syria. At first sight, the children seem quite ordinary, but gradually the emotional injuries become visible, of which the heartbreaking scene in the gymnasium is a striking example. Their traumas and insecurities sometimes manifest themselves in expressions of fear and aggression, but in the care of the ever patient Mrs. Kiet the children are allowed to be a child again and play freely and fearlessly.

At first sight, the children seem quite ordinary, but gradually the emotional injuries become visible, of which the heartbreaking scene in the gymnasium is a striking example. Their traumas and insecurities sometimes manifest themselves in expressions of fear and aggression, but in the care of the ever patient Mrs. Kiet the children are allowed to be a child again and play freely and fearlessly. 
 
Directors Petra and Peter Lataster followed Mrs. Kiet and her classroom for a year, meeting children from all over the world. They filmed the events from the perspective of the children and their height. The simplicity with which the children are brought into the picture, are similar to the style of Être et Avoir, the masterpiece of Nicolas Philibert, which the film is justly and deservingly often compared to. The directors' approach lets us listen in on the conversations between the pupils, who are at times funny, and then again touching. 'Mrs. Kiet is a wonderful film, a tribute to the resilience of the child and the tireless efforts and dedication of Mrs. Kiet, a teacher you wish for every child.


About the director(s)

 

Credits

Producer Peter Lataster, Marty de Jong
Editing Mario Steenbergen