SARATOGA SPRINGS —Saratoga Jewish Community Arts, with a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY and sponsored by Temple Sinai, presents a zoom discussion of Taika Waititi’s 2019 film JoJo Rabbit at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30.
The film is about 10-year-old JoJo Betzler, growing up in a perilous environment seasoned with shameless propaganda. The film takes place late war Nazi Germany where JoJo is living with his mom; his dad is out of the picture in service.
It is a satirical drama with a heavy dose of pathos. While containing explosive moments that find us chuckling, if not outright laughing, it delivers a jolt along with a jeer. JoJo Rabbit makes us uncomfortable. It makes us remember the good and the bad, the cold truths, and the fairy tales of childish imagining. And it converges comedy and sobering sincerity to produce a story that condemns hate and, by extension, antisemitism.