Of Animals and Men

True Story Behind ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Comes to Theaters June 22




True Story Behind ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Comes to Theaters June 22

Documentary tells the story of how the Warsaw Zoo saved Jews during WWII


DENVER, June 2, 2021 - In a one-day FATHOM event on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, OF ANIMALS AND MEN, a documentary about the true story of how Jan and Antonina Żabiński, a Catholic family and the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo in Poland, saved nearly 300 Jews during World War II, will be in movie theaters nationwide.


Narrated in English, by Antonina Żabińska, OF ANIMALS AND MEN shows the surreal atmosphere of the Zoo before the war with archived footage as well as the poignant events that happened once the Nazis invaded Poland. The documentary also employs the use of reenacted scenes with animals and interviews with the survivors, plus footage of the Zoo, the Żabiński family, and their villa.


Directed by Łukasz Czajka, OF ANIMALS AND MEN shows the destruction caused by the German army as they deported animals they wanted to keep for the Reich while destroying many others in the zoo. The Żabiński family lived at the Zoo during the war and managed to conduct underground activities there, despite the proximity of German checkpoints, a weapon storehouse, and Germans walking around the Zoo premises.


“The story of the Żabiński family, their wartime actions, their villa in the Warsaw Zoo, and the people they saved is very important to me,” said director Łukasz Czajka. “I’ve had this story on my mind for a few years, and I just had to tell it.”


“Fathom is honored to show this poignant documentary that showcases true heroism,” says Fathom CEO Ray Nutt. “Audiences will never forget meeting this extraordinary family.”



Watch the trailer.


Tickets can be purchased for the one-day event on June 22 here.   


Interested patrons can reserve a block of seats or reserve a showtime for OF ANIMALS AND MEN in their local city. This link will direct patrons to a group sales form for interest.


For more information or to schedule an interview about OF ANIMALS AND MEN, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.          


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