Holocaust survivor. Grandma. Diva. 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 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist 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.
“Sonia is a powerful subject.”
– Teo Bugbee
“Engaging and thoughtful”
“A perspective story with some unexpected twists.”
– Nell Minow
“This is not like any other Holocaust survivor film you’ve seen, and, if you’re like me, you’re not likely to forget Big Sonia any time soon.”
– Janice Convoy-Hellmann
“It will reach into the tender-most part of your heart and touch it as few movies have.”
Jeffrey Lyons | Lyons Den Radio | WCBS
“a film about history, how we carry it with us, and why it matters”
– Jennie Kermode, Eye For Film
“structured in a way that bumps the tragic and demoralizing up against the comic and inspirational.”
-Derek Smith, Slant Magazine
“One of the most interesting aspects of this documentary is the second-generation Holocaust survivor’s perspective and the insight into living with intergenerational trauma,”
-Rachel Morrow, Film-Forward
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