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.


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“Sonia is a powerful subject.”

– Teo Bugbee

Big Sonia is one of those documentaries that seems to bring its own light just like the woman at its center.”

– Moira MacDonald

“A perspective story with some unexpected twists.”

– Nell Minow

“Engaging and thoughtful”

“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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