Taika Waititi and Sam Rockwell Tell Us Why Jojo Rabbit Is An Important Story To Tell

If you haven’t watched the chaotic trailer of Jojo Rabbit, watch it now.

Jojo Rabbit tells a story of Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler, a lonely German boy who has Adolf Hitler as an imaginary friend (a character which Waititi included in the film, but is not in the original novel the film was based on). Jojo’s world turns upside down when he discovers that his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl.

Why did Taika Waititi takes aim at Nazis and Hitler? This is his reply:

“There had definitely been a lot of fantastic and amazing films that had approached this subject from a really dramatic, very serious and earnest way,” he said, joined by Rockwell at the L.A. Times studio at TIFF. “And in this day and age right now, we can’t forget what happened. And I think people kind of are.”
The New Zealander is himself of Polynesian and Jewish descent and hopes the Fox Searchlight title, which Disney will release Oct. 18, offers a new way to remember the lessons of the past. “My fear is that people are going to start getting numb to the story of what happened in World War II, and I think you’ve got to find new and inventive ways of telling that story again and again.”

Are you looking forward to the film?

(Video Credit: Los Angeles Times/ YouTube)

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