Big Sonia
http://bigsonia.com/
Directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday
US, 2017, 93 min, in English

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski—great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor—runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.



UPCOMING SCREENINGS 

Maitland, FL
November 4-6, 2017
The 19th Annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival

Downers Grove, IL
November 6, 2017
After Hours Film Society @ Tivoli Theatre

Olympia, WA
November 16, 2017
34th Annual Olympia Film Festival

New York, NY
November 17-23, 2017
Quad Cinema

Overland Park, KS
December 1-7, 2017
Glenwood Arts

Beverly Hills, CA
December 8-14, 2017
Laemmle Music Hall

Encino, CA
December 8-14, 2017
Laemmle Town Center

Albuquerque, NM
December 11-14, 2017
Guild Cinema

Larkspur, CA
December 12, 2017
Lark Theatre

Denver, CO
December 15-21, 2017
Denver Film Society

Boca Raton, FL
December 15-21, 2017
Living Room Theaters

Cleveland, OH
December 24 & 26, 2017
Cleveland Museum of Art

New York, NY
February 1, 2018
Museum of Jewish Heritage

Seattle, WA
February 9-15, 2018
SIFF Film Center

Palm Springs, CA
February 24, 2018
Desert Film Society

Ventura, CA
February 25, 2018
Desert Film Society

PAST SCREENINGS 

Bellingham, WA
October 14, 2017
Pickford Film Center

SHORT SYNOPSIS

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski—greatgrandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor—runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

LONG SYNOPSIS

For years, Sonia Warshawski (91) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she's confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. Ironically, Sonia’s shop is the last open business in an otherwise desolate Kansas City mall, but it contains enough color and liveliness to make up for the entire empty complex. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away”, facing retirement dredges up fears she’d long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces. BIG SONIA explores what it means to be a survivor and how intergenerational trauma affects families and generations. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?

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REVIEWS

“Engaging and thoughtful”
The Hollywood Reporter

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