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IN T HE AT E R S M A RC H 31 , 2017
THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE
In the spirit of this heroic story, Focus Features has collaborated with
humanitarian relief agencies from around the country, such as the
International Rescue Committee (IRC), HIAS, CARE; and leading Jewish
organizations to produce this viewing guide.
Building on the legacy of the Żabińskis, these humanitarian organizations are
at work providing lifesaving support to war-affected peoples worldwide.
Learn more at:
Rescue.org/ Zookeepers
www.hias.org
Care.org
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A BO U T T H E F I LM
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain stars in The Zookeeper’s
Wife in the title role of Antonina Żabińska, a real-life working wife and mother
who became a hero to hundreds during WWII. Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North
Country) directs the movie from a screenplay by Angela Workman, adapted
from Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book of the same name which was based on
Antonina’s diaries.
The time is 1939. The place is Poland,
homeland of Antonina (portrayed by
Ms. Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan
Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, of The
Broken Circle Breakdown). Devoted to
each other, the couple thrive as personal
and professional partners; the Warsaw
Zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship
and Antonina’s care. With reserves of
energy, Antonina rises every day to tend
to both her family and their menagerie,
as the gates to the majestic zoo open in
welcome . . .
. . . until the entrance is slammed
shut and the zoo is crippled in an attack as the entire country is invaded by
the Germans. Stunned, the couple is forced to report to the Reich’s newly
appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel
Brühl of Captain America: Civil War). Heck envisions a new, selective breeding
program for the zoo.
Antonina and Jan fight back on their own terms, and covertly begin working
with the Resistance—realizing that their zoo’s abandoned animal cages and
underground tunnels, originally designed to safeguard animal life, can now
secretly safeguard human life. As the couple puts into action plans to save lives
out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, Antonina places herself and even
her children at great risk.
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D I SC U S S I O N Q U E ST I O N
1. One of the most powerful scenes in The
Zookeeper’s Wife comes when some of the
Jews hiding in the Żabińskis’ zoo gather for a
Passover Seder. As the characters sing, we see
them recounting the story of how the Jewish
people escaped a regime which enslaved
and persecuted them finding freedom and
redemption. We see a parallel between the
Passover story and the situation of those
hiding from the. In what way do the themes of
Passover resonate today? Who is living under
persecution or in need of redemption now
and what can we do to help them?
3. One of Antonina’s defining characteristics is
her empathy and willingness to fight for those
people or animals who others ignore or write
off. What was a moment in the film where you
saw Antonia display these characteristics?
Who today is most in need of your empathy
and compassion?Antonina did not only
shelter Jews, but provided them with as much
comfort and hope as possible. What gives you
hope in times of tragedy or fear? How can you
provide that hope for others going through
painful or difficult circumstances? How can
you make them feel at home when they might
have been kicked out or not be able to access
their homes?
2. In the Passover Haggadah it is written,
“Whoever is hungry, let him come and eat;
whoever is in need, let him come and conduct
the Seder of Passover.” Just as Antonina
opened her home and gave of her property
to shelter and care for the needy, one of the
directives of this holiday’s text is for us to find
ways to help care for those “in need.” How can
we open our homes to those in need? What do
we have to offer to those without?
4. While trying to connect with the young girl
Urszula (Shira Haas), who Jan has rescued,
Antonina acknowledges “what a terrible
time” she must have had and how difficult
that must make it to trust others. When
someone has been through an especially
painful or damaging situation, it can be
challenging to open up or trust others, even
to people who are trying to be of help. What
are steps one could take to establish trust with
someone who has been through or is going
through traumatic circumstances?
5. In what ways do the circumstances that
the Jewish people faced in Poland apply
in society today? In what ways are they
different? In what ways might Antonina’s
brave example apply to us today?
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THEMES
Protecting Human Rights
There are steps we can all take to follow Antonina’s example to give hope
and refuge for those in need. The International Rescue Committee provides
lifesaving support to war-affected peoples worldwide, supplying refugees
coming to America to flee persecution with the resources they require— from
lessons in English to hot meals to communities to live in.
You can honor the Żabińskis’ remarkable example by finding ways to take
action in your own community.
•
Find the nearest refugee processing center near you and call them to
find out how you can help support them.
•
Donate to the International Rescue Committee (IRC):
www.Rescue.org/Zookeeper
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Volunteer locally with refugees in your community.
You can find a list of voluntary refugee aid agencies at
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr/resource/voluntary-agencies.
•
Donate food, money or time to a local food pantry or shelter in your
community. You can search for food pantries at foodpantries.org.
•
Send a CARE Package to refugees. Care.org provides vouchers to
refugees for them to purchase the food and other items they determine
most urgent for their families
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Remembering the Holocaust:
From 1933–1945, six million Jews were systematically murdered along
with millions of other innocent victims. Learning their stories, remembering
their suffering and honoring their legacy is an important part of our society’s
understanding of human rights and promoting the values of tolerance and
respect that are critical to ensuring that oppression and genocide on the scale
of the Holocaust are never again allowed. Here are some resources you can use
to educate yourself and others about the Holocaust:
•
Yad VaShem, the World Holocaust Museum, located in Israel features
informative and moving exhibits as well as a website with extensive
digital collections and educational videos and materials.
•
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, located in
Washington, D.C., also has a website with helpful resources for learning
about the Holocaust as well as for fighting anti-semitism, Holocaust
denial, and genocide.
•
The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, an affiliate of the Simon
Wiesenthal Center, has an initiative where they will work with schools
or organizations to help them hear a Holocaust survivor, either in
person or via video conference.
•
Facing History and Ourselves provides professional development and
classroom resources to help students make the connection between
history and the moral choices they make in their own lives. Facing
History’s extensive Holocaust resource collection includes additional
stories of rescue and resistance, and lessons on antisemitism.
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Anti-Semitism:
Although the Holocaust is the most significant and horrific example of antisemitism, it a long history that did not begin or end with the Holocaust. Like
so many forms of hate and religious intolerance, anti-semitism is on the rise in
both the US and Europe. Here are some resources that you can use to be like the
Żabińskis and take a stand against hate and intolerance.
•
If you witness an anti-semitic act, report it either to the police or
the Anti-Defamation League, an organization dedicated to fighting
anti-semitism.
•
Stay informed by subscribing to the newsletters of organizations that
fight hate against Jews and all other groups, including the
Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and
the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
•
The American Jewish Committee has a section on their website filled
with ways for one to support the Jewish community on both national
and local levels.
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CA ST & C R E W O F T HE ZO O K EEPER ’ S W I F E
Cast:
Crew:
Antonina Żabińska
Jessica Chastain
Directed by Niki Caro
Written by Angela Workman
Jan Żabiński
Johan Heldenbergh
Based on the book The Zookeeper’s
Wife by Diane Ackerman
Lutz Heck
Daniel Brühl
Cinematography by Andrij Parekh
Production Design by Suzie Davies
Jerzyk
Michael McElhatton
Film Editing by David Coulson
Maurycy Fraenkel
Iddo Goldberg
Make-up and Hair Design
by Denise Kum
Magda Gross
Efrat Dor
Costume Design by Sabine Daigeler
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Urszula
Shira Haas
Released by Focus Features
Magda Gross
Efrat Dor
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