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FILM OPENS: December 13, 2017

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For years, Sonia Warshawski has been an inspirational public speaker at schools, churches and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless students, prisoners and ex-cons who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop, which has thrived in the bottom of a now-abandoned mall for 35 years, she is confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop-at age 90-or retire.

Following Sonia as she continues on the motivational speaker circuit (even as she navigates her own struggles) BIG SONIA explores what it means to be a survivor. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?

  • Director: Todd Soliday, Leah Warshawski
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Documentary | Family
  • Year: 2017
  • Run Time: 01:33:23
  • imdb Score: 7.8/10 (271 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Sonia Warshawski, Morrie Warshawski, Caroline Kennedy
"Sonia is not a celebrity, a politician or a big business owner. She probably won't be around much longer; and yet, watching this, it would seem unsurprising if people were still talking about her influence in a century's time."
Jennie Kermode - EYE FOR FILM

"Cinema has rarely mined the consequences of being a child of a Holocaust survivor and BIG SONIA adeptly explores how, in many cases, losing much of one's family led many survivors to put undue pressures on their future children."
Derek Smith - SLANT MAGAZINE

"The animation is the one novel element to this, a familiar sort of film on a most familiar subject. But the movie lets its subject — Sonia — be its strength, and if you’ve ever had the privilege of meeting a survivor willing to talk about what they experienced, you know how smart that decision was."
Roger Moore - MOVIE NATION

"The filmmakers, like Sonia herself, acknowledge the ongoing struggle that's essential to surviving such trauma. And as survivors' numbers dwindle, there's urgency when she insists on remembering."
Sheri Linden - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

AWARDS

Cleveland Int'l Film Festival 2017
Best Film

Napa Valley Film Festival 2016
Best Documentary Feature

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2017
Best Documentary Feature

Barcelona Int'l Film Festival
Best Documentary

Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2017
Best Documentary Feature

BendFilm Festival 2017
Special Jury Prize - Most Lovable Character

FESTIVALS

Tallgrass Film Festival 2017