Some of us choose to record our family histories in books, photos, audio recordings or through other creative media. Our eldest daughter, Leah Warshawski (and husband Todd Soliday), opted for a more arduous challenge — a documentary film about her grandmother (and my mother-in-law)!


Six years in the making, “Big Sonia” will have its West Coast premiere and compete in the feature documentaries category over the course of the Napa Valley Film Festival, with screenings on Nov. 9, 11, 12 and 13 at four different Napa Valley locations. (For times and ticket information, visit or call 707 226-7500.)


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