Holland 2016.
115 minutes
directed by: Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster

Awarded with the annual Dutch Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2017.

This touching film story, without any interview or narrator, introduces us to the turbulent world of small, irresistible, charismatic heroes who have just arrived to a small place in The Netherlands and entered the classroom of an ordinary elementary school. For them, this is all new and confusing, they don’t fit in, they are too sensitive and scared. But like all children, they are also restless, naughty and unsubdued, and from the very first moment their brilliant teacher, Miss Kit, begins a great battle using all her skills of an excellent pedagogue. A battle in which, apart from discipline, learning and knowledge, mutual respect and dignity are top objectives.

Discreetly shot at the child's eyes level over a period of one year, this film is a story of joy and experiences that change children and shape their world. Experienced pair of documentarists Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster with their perfectly selected participants, through masterly captured moments and true empathy with little heroes in front of their warm and penetrating camera lens, unfold moving sequences of school days and discreetly build a course of one school year. They create a brilliant visual study of learning and maturing, emphasizing at the same time the importance of those who are preparing the society of the future.

"A master class in nonfiction filmmaking... A lovely, upbeat, even life-affirming film." – The Hollywood Reporter.


Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster

Petra Lataster-Czisch is a filmmaker, writer and teacher. Petra grew up in East Germany. She studied script writing and film sciences. In 1981 she moved to the Netherlands. Together with her partner, Peter Lataster, she is directing documentaries, shorts and dance films since 1989.

Peter Lataster is a cinematographer and director. He grew up in Amsterdam.

In 2012 the Latasters were filmmakers in focus at the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision. Many of their works have been awarded, nationally and internationally.

Selected collective filmography

  • Miss Kiet's Children, 2016.
  • The Need to Dance, 2014.
  • Awake in a Bad Dream, 2013.
  • We, 2012.
  • Jerome Jerome, 2011.
  • Not Without You, 2010.
  • The Things You Don’t Understand, 2010.