‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ – a true story of compassion and courage

This latest film from director Niki Caro (Whalerider) is perhaps one of the most unknown historical dramas that took place during World War II and forms part of the canon of Holocaust films.The film opens not long before Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Antonina (Jessica Chastain) Żabiński and her husband Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) and live with their son Ryszard (Tim Radford & Val Maloku) in a villa at the Warsaw Zoo. Jan is the head of the zoo but Antonia is not afraid to get h … [Read more...]

‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ – true story coming soon

I'll be seeing the film next week; this information is from the publicist. The couple saved at least 300 Jews from death during World War II. Here's a description of the book from Wikipedia: The Zookeeper's Wife THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE - Synopsis In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, a European Film Award nominee for the Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the War … [Read more...]

Anne Frank’s 85th birthday: the girl behind the diary

In October, the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles launched "Anne: A Premier Experiential Exhibit" to commemorate the life of Anne Frank, who would have turned 85 on Thursday, for a 10-year stay. I had the opportunity to visit the exhibit Sunday as a kind of introduction to a performance of "About Anne: A Diary in Dance" by the Helios Dance Theater company. A second performance will take place Thursday.I think most of us have read or know about The Diary of Anne Frank (or Anne Frank: The … [Read more...]

Interview with Mona Golabek on CatholicTV, Boston

 Here is a link to John Monahan's excellent interview with Mona Golabek, star of the one-woman play "The Pianist of Willesden Lane." It appeared on Boston's Catholic TV last Friday, December 7 and can now be seen online.The interview is at the 18" minute mark of the half hour program "Clear Voice". It is an excellent interview and introduction to the play, that I believe, can change lives.You can still purchase tickets to "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" (also good for young … [Read more...]

The Labyrinth: Freedom & Forgiveness Retreat October 30 in SoCAL

For more information about the film The Labyrinth and an interview with producer Jason Smith The Labyrinth Interview Ron Schmidt, SJ … [Read more...]

The Labyrinth documentary to show at Arclight during DocuWeek

If you like documentaries, and live in New York or Los Angeles (or nearby) be sure to check out The Labyrinth during DocuWeek, July 30-August 19, 2010.For more information on the films and screening dates, visit DocuWeek 2010The Labyrinth Director/Producer: Jason A. Schmidt Memory, art and hell collide as an Auschwitz survivor finally confronts the horrors of his past after 50 years of silence. Marian Kolodziej was on one of the first transports to enter Auschwitz. He survived five years … [Read more...]