Mixing bigotry and comedy

Writer-director Taika Waititi of satirical comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit drew on his own experience of prejudice growing up - his mother is Jewish and his father, Maori

Taika Waititi and Scarlett Johansson star in Jojo Rabbit (above, with Roman Griffin Davis).
Taika Waititi and Scarlett Johansson star in Jojo Rabbit (above, with Roman Griffin Davis). PHOTO: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
Taika Waititi and Scarlett Johansson star in Jojo Rabbit (with Roman Griffin Davis).
Taika Waititi and Scarlett Johansson star in Jojo Rabbit (with Roman Griffin Davis). PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

How do you make a comedy about children, Hitler and the Holocaust?

Writer-director Taika Waititi walked that tightrope with his satirical comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit - the story of Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), a lonely 10-year-old boy who lives in Nazi Germany and idolises its leader, Adolf Hitler.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2020, with the headline 'Mixing bigotry and comedy'. Subscribe