Big Sonia

Dirs. Leah WarshawskiTodd Soliday | 93 min
Documentary United States 2016 English

Tuesday, December 127:30 PM Edlavitch DCJCC

Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia Warshawski can barely see over the leopard-skin-patterned steering wheel of her Oldsmobile. But at age 90, Sonia has a personality that towers over her community, where she has tirelessly run her late husband’s tailoring business for decades.

She is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and has, for years, been speaking at schools, church groups and prisons—dispensing positive life lessons (known as “Soniaisms”) to anyone and everyone in her path. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, Big Sonia 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.

“Big Sonia” may struggle to face her latest daunting challenge—retirement—but she’s certainly doing it in style.

Co-presented by 3GDC – Washington DC Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors


  • An unforgettable woman refuses to forget in this thoughtful exploration of history’s fallout.The Hollywood Reporter


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This event finished on December 13, 2017.