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When Leah began to make a documentary about her tiny, spunky, grandmother, she discovered complexities, pressures, and burdens within her family story that aren’t unique to Holocaust survivors. Making the film BIG SONIA was the most time Leah has ever spent with her family and her instincts told her that there was trauma and relatable themes beneath the surface of Sonia’s shiny exterior. Everyone has gone through challenges and trauma in their lives and by sharing Sonia’s story – and the diverse experiences of her children – Leah hopes audiences will relate these lessons to their own lives and reflect on an important question – “Will you let your past define your present?”
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