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Have you heard of the new movie coming to theaters March 31- The Zookeeper's Wife?
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 Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.
When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War).
To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
Doesn't this sound like such an amazing and inspiring story? I love these wonderful stories of overcoming amazing obstacles, that show us how real life heroes and heroines exist. The film focuses on courage and doing what is right in the face of danger. The true story also shows us an incredibly strong protagonist in the zookeeper's wife.
That makes me think about the courageous women in my own life? We all have them right? Women who have gone through so much and still came out on top. Maybe it's a friend, a grandmother, an aunt. For me that woman is my mother. I think I've always know my mom was a strong woman, but it wasn't until becoming a mother that I truly understood just how strong she was.
These days, having a special needs child, well, I can't say that it is easy... but there is more awareness, more understanding. (A far cry from where it needs to be but still better than it was 30+ years ago.) We have internet for support and connections, we have a better understanding of diagnosis's like autism. But my mom did it in the 80s. She had a child- my brother- diagnosed with mental retardation and suspected autism in addition to health issues. At just 3.5 years old, my brother passed away and my mother had to face something that now, as a mother myself, is something I cannot fathom. For anyone who has gone through that, it could be so easy to give up your faith, but she never did that. At all. Her faith stayed strong throughout anything life sent her way. I have seen her go back to school as an adult, I have seen her fight cancer and win... I have seen her do so much and have so much sent her way, and yet to me that is the most amazing thing of all- that through it all, she remained strong in her faith. She has shown me what it is to be strong and courageous, and I can only hope to be half the woman she is.
Who is the strong woman in your life? I want to hear all about her!
And in celebration of the theatrical release of The Zookeeper's Wife, why not treat her or another great woman in your life to a trip to the theater? The Zookeeper's Wife will be out in theater March 31st.
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