Jij bent mijn vriendPetra Lataster-Czisch & Peter Lataster
A pleasant reunion with the makers of 'The children of Miss Kiet', the successful documentary that won many hearts last year. Little Branche, who recently moved to the Netherlands, is desperately trying to find a friend in Miss Kiet's class. A wonderful, moving portrait of the human craving for friendship and the importance of a loving, warm and safe environment for all children - including refugees.
Branche is a six-year-old Macedonian boy who has only just arrived in the Netherlands, where he ends up in the classroom of Miss Kiet. He would love to have a friend in his new surroundings, not an easy task. He meets Syrian Ayham and a friendship grows despite the language barrier. But then Ayham suddenly stops coming to school. The makers do not give explanations or answers, because in Branche’s life he does not receive any either. This powerful approach scales the theme of refugees and the social discussions back to the story of a child. Tender and emotional. While in The children of Juf Kiet the focus was on the binding power of the inspiring teacher, it is now on the experiences of the children and their search for friendship. A human story about the craving to be accepted and to feel at home in a warm, social environment.
Directed by Petra Lataster-Czisch & Peter Lataster
2018 77 min.
Subtitles: Dutch, English
Petra Lataster-Czisch & Peter Lataster
KRO, Lataster & Films