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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018
Chicago premiere! Peter Lataster in person!

Miss Kiet's Children

De Kinderen van Juf Kiet

2016, Peter Lataster and Petra Lataster-Czisch, Netherlands, 115 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 16th 2:00pm
  • Sun, Mar 18th 2:00pm

"One of the year's truly outstanding European documentaries…a lovely, upbeat, even life-affirming film." - Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

"Doesn't try to sell us the image of the angelic child…It's hard to think of many films that have approached childhood with this much respect and with this much integrity." - Diego Semerene, Slant Magazine

This remarkable documentary traces a few days in a Dutch village school for a group of very young elementary students, all recent immigrants from nations including Syria. The filmmakers take an intimate view as the unflappable Miss Kiet, a wise and nurturing teacher, gently but firmly encourages, guides and listens as her small charges learn Dutch and struggle with challenges ranging from wet pants or a purloined eraser to jealousy and bullying, while living with the memory of war traumas that have already scarred and shaped them. The film's view of this haven of compassion and civility suggests a host of questions concerning the assimilation of immigrants and the greater direction of childhood education itself. A must-see for parents, teachers, or anyone who was once a child. In Dutch with English subtitles. Courtesy of Icarus Films. DCP digital. (BS)

Attendees will receive a complimentary Daelmans stroopwafel cookie.

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York and the EU Policy & Outreach Partnership (EU POP) of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.


March 16 & 18: Co-director Peter Lataster is scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings. The discussions will be moderated by Letitia Zwickert, a teacher, Fulbright Specialist in Education for 2017 - 2020, and co-founder of the non-profit MENTEE, dedicated to connecting underserved high schoolers, including our immigrant and refugee youth, to work space experiences.

The Friday, March 16 screening will include a complimentary reception featuring European food and drink, sponsored by the European Union delegation to the U.S.

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