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Documentary "Miss Kiet's Children" Screened in the U.S.

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"Miss Kiet's Children" the documentary by Peter Lataster and Petra Lataster-Czisch will be screened in the United States in November and December 2017. From December 13-21 the film will have an open theatrical release at Film Forum in New York and from December 12-21 the film will be screened at Laemmle's Music Hall in Los Angeles. 

About "Miss Kiet's Children" 

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.

Agenda December 2017

December 15 - December 21 | Laemmle Music Hall, Los Angeles

Film Forum

December 13, 1:00 PM, 3:45 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:30 PM | Film Forum

December 14, 1:00 PM, 3:45 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:30 PM | Film Forum

December 15, 1:00 PM, 3:45 PM, 7:00 PM [Q&A with Peter Lataster & Petra Lataster-Czisch], 9:30 PM | Film Forum

December 16, 1:00 PM, 3:45 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:30 PM | Film Forum

December 17, 1:00 PM, 3:45 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:30 PM | Film Forum

December 18, 1:00 PM, 3:45 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:30 PM | Film Forum

December 19, 1:00 PM, 3:45 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:30 PM | Film Forum

December 20, 1:00 PM, 3:45 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:30 PM | Film Forum

December 21, 1:00 PM, 3:45 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:30 PM | Film Forum

Awards

Directors.nl, Best Feature Documentary

- DOXA Vancouver, honorable mention

- DokFest Munich, Audience Award

- Dutch National Film Festival, Best Feature Documentary (Gouden Kalf)

- Prix Europa, second prize

Past screening dates

Ojai Film Festival

November 3, 1 PM | Chaparral Auditorium

November 10, 10 AM | Chaparral Auditorium 

Rehoboth Beach Film Festival 

November 4, 1:10 PM - 3:05 PM | Cinema Art Theater, Lewes

November 9, 4:50 PM - 6:45 PM | Cinema Art Theater, Lewes

November 10, 2:35 PM - 4:30 PM | Cinema Art Theater, Lewes

My First Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

November, 12, 5:00 PM | Walter Reade Theater

St. Louis Film Festival

November 10, 7:30 PM | Webster U./Browning

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