Jewish director Waititi plays Jojo’s imaginary friend Adolf Hitler in the film (written by a supermodel)

Jojo Rabbit director says critics wouldn’t be as harsh if they knew he’s Jewish
by Staff
February 12, 2020

“Jojo Rabbit” director Taika Waititi said that there would have been much less of a backlash against his Oscar-winning Nazi-themed comedy if his critics were aware that he was Jewish. “They did a press screening with a lot of Jewish press, and a lot of the comments were ‘I wish we’d known that he was Jewish before we’d watched the movie,’” the New Zealand native, who is of Maori and Jewish origin, said in an interview with Variety. “It feels almost like buying into it, if you start considering the fact that you might have to put on the poster: ‘Don’t worry, the director’s Jewish!’ READ MORE

KVELLER Taika Waititi’s Oscar Win Is Extra Special for Māori Jews Like Me Taika Waititi’s Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit is a win for Jews and Māoris alike. Waititi, as you may know, is a mix of Māori and Jewish — his mother is Jewish and his dad is Māori, a part of the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribe. He has referred to himself as a “Polynesian Jew.”

TIMES OF ISRAEL Up for six Oscars, ‘Jojo Rabbit’ is based on a novel by this supermodel author When author Christine Leunens wrote a novel about a young German named Jojo who discovers a Jewish girl, Elsa, hiding in his home during World War II, she did not know that years later it would become an Academy Award-nominated film. But that’s what happened: Her 2008 novel “Caging Skies” has been adapted into the hit film “Jojo Rabbit.”

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