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The Zookeeper’s Wife

By Carole J Stone

Based on a true story, The Zookeeper’s Wife, a 2017 movie about World War II Poland, stars Jessica Chastain as Antonina Zabinski, a Warsaw animal lover who became a hero to hundreds of Jews in Poland during World War II.

Film
Jewish Cultural and Community Center presents:
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Sun, Aug 30, 4pm
Las Moras 47 at the corner of 5 de Mayo
100 pesos donation/50 pesos for members.

Antonina’s husband’s zoo is destroyed by bombings during the siege of the city. Once a picture of kindness and love, the city becomes unsurprising brutal.

A visit from Hitler’s disturbing head zoologist confirms the suspicion that the destroyed zoo must be liquidated for the war effort. The Zabinskis convince him to let them convert it instead into a pig farm. Then, they smuggle in as many as 300 Jews!

Antonina’s animal-loving tendencies don’t discriminate between species. One could conclude that there is only a fine line separating human barbarism from the animal instinct to survive.

The beautifully filmed drama draws explicit parallels between the zoo’s caged stock and the women and children she hides. “A human zoo,” she softly sighs.

Themes of love, friendship, and loyalty in the face of hatred and intolerance come to the fore in this poignant drama.

This dramatic film will be shown as part of the JC3 film series at the JC3, Las Moras 47, on Sunday, August 30, at 4pm. A 100 pesos donation is requested of nonmembers, 50 pesos for members.

 

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