'The Zookeeper's Wife' Spotlights One of History's Most Unrecognized Women

Antonina Żabińska used her family zoo to save 300 Jewish people during World War II. Jessica Chastain talks about playing this important role in our exclusive clip.

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Get ready, because The Zookeeper's Wife is here to spotlight one of history's most unrecognized women, and yes—you will cry. The stunning film tells the true story of Antonina Żabińska, who used her family zoo to save Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Here at MarieClaire.com, we got our hands on an exclusive clip of the film, including interviews with Jessica Chastain and director Niki Caro. "The Zookeeper's Wife is about a very tough time in history, World War II—when they were forcing the Jews into the ghetto," Chastain says. "Antonina and her husband decide to risk their lives to smuggle people out of the ghetto and hide them in their zoo."

Check out the clip below, and please note: it includes footage of Jessica Chastain hanging out with an adorable monkey, lion, and bunny.

The Zookeeper's Wife hits theaters on March 31.

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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.