Hollywood can be a real boy's club, especially when it comes to who sits in the director's chair. Variety.com reports that of the top-grossing movies of 2016, only seven percent were directed by women.
Women Directors in Hollywood
The lack of top films directed by women made it especially appealing to meet and interview Niki Caro, the director of The Zookeeper's Wife. Ms. Caro directed the award-winning film Whale Rider, North Country, starring Charlize Theron, and McFarland, USA starring Kevin Costner.
Currently, she directs the new Anne of Green Gables television series, and will direct the upcoming, live-action version of Mulan. Yes, there will be music.
About The Zookeeper's Wife
The Zookeeper's Wife is a movie based on the book of the same name written by Diane Ackerman. It's based on the true story of Antonina Żabińska, wife of Warsaw zookeeper, Jan Żabiński. Together they helped 300 Jews escape the Warsaw ghetto, hidden at the zoo. Two-time Academy Award-nominated actress Jessica Chastain plays the title role.
Interview with Niki Caro
The following is from a post-screening Q & A with Niki Caro and other members of the press. Answers have been edited for clarity.
PLEASE NOTE that some of the movie's plot is discussed and may be considered spoilers if you have not seen the movie.
Q: You deal with a very heavy theme with the girl who was raped by the two officers. I was wondering if you can speak a little bit about filming that scene, creating the film, and also about what it was like to work with the young actress.
a traumatic experience.