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
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

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