Special Advance Screening: ‘Jojo Rabbit’
October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.
This is a ticketed event; tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, one per Emerson ID, at the Paramount box office starting at 5:00 pm on the day of the show.
Director Taika Waititi writes of his film, “I have always been drawn to stories that see life through children’s eyes. In this case, it happens to be a kid that we might not normally invest in.
My grandfather fought against the Nazis in World War II, and I’ve always been fascinated by that time and those events. When my mother told me about Christine Leunen’s book, Caging Skies, I was drawn in by the fact it was told through the eyes of a German child indoctrinated into hate by adults.
Having children of my own, I have become even more aware that adults are supposed to guide children through life and raise them to be better versions of themselves, and yet in times of war, adults are often doing the opposite. In fact, from a child’s point of view, during these times adults appear chaotic and absurd when all the world needs is guidance and balance.
I experienced a certain level of prejudice growing up as a Māori Jew, so making Jojo Rabbit has been a reminder, especially now, that we need to educate our kids about tolerance and continue to remind ourselves that there’s no place in this world for hate.
Children are not born with hate, they are trained to hate. I hope the humour in Jojo Rabbit helps engage a new generation; it’s important to keep finding new and inventive ways of telling the horrific story of World War II again and again for new generations, so that our children can listen, learn, and move forward, unified into the future.
Here’s to putting an end to ignorance and replacing it with love.”