The Zookeeper’s Wife is the true story of Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain), a wife and mother who, along with her husband (Johan Heldenbergh) worked with the Resistance in 1939 Poland. The couple used their zoo to shelter hundreds of displaced Jews during the Warsaw Uprising. The project is based on Diane Ackerman’s book of the same name.
“I think we do have a stereotype that in order to be brave and strong, it’s somehow connected to violence,” said Chastain, who was seen last year in the political thriller Miss Sloane. “If you’re defending someone or you’re fighting to protect your country. That’s a definition of what a hero is but there are many other ways that someone can be brave and strong. I think Antonina shows that compassion is an incredible form of strength.”
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The Zookeeper’s Wife, directed by Niki Caro, opens nationwide March 31.