Taika Waititi, director of ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ dedicated his Oscar to the indigenous children of the world.
The 44-year-old Maori filmmaker took home the award for best adapted screenplay at the 92nd Academy Awards this week for his Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit.” He wrote, directed and starred in the film.
“I dedicate this to all the indigenous kids in the world who want to do art and dance and write stories,” Waititi said in his acceptance speech. “We are the original storytellers and we can make it here as well.”
Waititi is believed to be the first Maori filmmaker to take home the best adapted screenplay award.
Read “PM Jacinda Ardern congratulates Taika Waititi on Oscars win” on the NZ Herald here.
Also, read The Forward’s article on Jewish nominees’ wins at this year’s Oscars here.
And read “Jo Jo Rabbit director says critics wouldn’t be as harsh if they knew he’s Jewish” on The Times of Israel here.