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Big Sonia

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.

"An original, nuanced portrait of a Holocaust survivor who runs a tailor shop in an otherwise abandoned Kansas City mall." (Simi Horwitz, Film Journal International)

Played at

Music Hall, 12.08.17 - 12.14.17
Town Center 5, 12.08.17 - 12.14.17
Rated NR
Genre: Documentary, Jewish Culture, Women and Film
Runtime: 93 min
Language: English

Director: Leah Warshawski, Todd Soliday
FEATURED REVIEW: Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
Big Sonia has big hair, a big smile and a big personality. She runs a tailor's shop full of fabulous second hand clothes, wears brightly coloured lipstick and lines her car with leopard print. She's 91 and a Holocaust survivor. They say that a good documentary hinges on making an int...