For years, Sonia Warshawski (92) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop, she's confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop or retire. Ironically, Sonia's shop is the last open business in an otherwise desolate Kansas City mall, but it contains enough color and liveliness to make up for the entire empty complex. For a woman who admits she stays busy "to keep the dark parts away," facing retirement dredges up fears she'd long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces. BIG SONIA explores what it means to be a survivor and how intergenerational trauma affects families and generations. Winner of Best Documentary at the Cleveland International Film Festival and at the Napa Valley Film Festival. "A visual reminder of time's arrow and other, more important losses." - Chris Packham, L.A. Weekly
Passion River Productions, 2016.; [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019.
Title from title frames.; Film; In Process Record.
Caroline Kennedy, Debbie Warshawski, Morrie Warshawski, Regina Kort, Sonia Warshawski, SuEllen Fried
Originally produced by Passion River Productions in 2016.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Warshawski, Leah, film director.; Soliday, Todd, film director.; Kennedy, Caroline, actor.; Warshawski, Debbie, actor.; Warshawski, Morrie, actor.; Kort, Regina, actor.; Warshawski, Sonia, actor.; Fried, SuEllen, actor.
Passion River Productions (Firm), dst; Kanopy (Firm), dst