Educational Toolkit & Institutional License ($510)

Our educational toolkit is intended for teachers, educators, libraries, non-profits, museums, and organizations around the globe. You can  also donate or gift the package to a school or organization of your choice!

Included in the toolkit:

– Public Performance Rights (PPR) to host a screening at your institution
– 2 DVD set with closed captions
– 93 minute feature, 45 minute educational version for classrooms & 4 breakout videos
– 25-page companion guide / discussion guide for educators created by the Stan Greenspon Center for Social Justice (appropriate for 7th grade and above)
– 80-page core-standard curriculum guide created in collaboration with Journeys In Film

BIG SONIA has been awarded 3 out of 4 stars and has received a “recommended” from the VidLib reviewer. Click here to read the review.

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The Response From Educators & Students

• “After seeing the film and learning about what Sonia went through, I’ll never use the word hate again.” (7th grade student, Columbia MO)

• “The arc of the storyline is so thoughtfully crafted, the portrait that emerges of Sonia is vibrant, and the use of the animation retains an appropriate measure of darkness and menace without resorting to the “shock and awe” style of Holocaust films on which I was raised. The edits, too, tell a fuller story to those old enough to understand while allowing a younger audience to begin to learn the story.” (Michael Greenfield, Director of Education, Temple Har Shalom, Park City Utah)

• “My favorite part of the film was the scene with the poem. When Morrie read it the first time he was just holding a forgotten book but the second time he was holding a memory. He bookmarked the forgotten poem, and I think it was healing a part of the boy who wrote it.” (Sam, 14-year old student at Leawood Middle School, Kansas City)

I’ve seen the film 3 times and never tire, and will see it yet even 3 more times if I can. Why? Because it is such a warmhearted portrayal of a woman who after the years f the Holocaust now spreads love and joy to all she meets. I showed the film to 200 public school teachers and they laughed, cried, and gave Leah a standing ovation for 5 minutes after seeing the film.” (Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director Holocaust Teacher Institute, University of Miami)

• “My favorite part was seeing how she brought vulnerability to the students. It is hard to be vulnerable as teenagers. She showed them that they should stand up for each other and value differences in their self and their classmates. She taught them to be strong and proud of who they are. It was really cool!” (Luke, Middle School Student, Kansas City)

• “I can say for me personally, I have seen many, many Holocaust films over the years so thought I’d seen this subject maybe too well covered maybe. I was surprised by how moved I was, especially at this moment, and so glad you captured your grandma to pass on while her unique energy and perspective burn bright… the jury felt the level of craft, the importance of the message, and your use of animation all elevated your film. (Napa Valley Film Festival Juror, Winner of Best Doc & Audience Award 2017)

 

Core-Standard Curriculum Guide

Explore history with narrative and documentary films engaging Holocaust education and advocating for civil rights, racial justice, ethics and equity in education and the vital need for press freedom.

Click here to visit Journeys In Film and download our core-standard curriculum guide for the film.

Read a Letter from Liam Neeson and Big Sonia Directors

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