Bomb City, Big Sonia and Game wowed the audience at the 2017 Tallgrass Film Festival and were voted winners of the Audience Awards.
NAME OF FILM: BIG SONIA
DIRECTOR(S): Leah Warshawski, Todd Soliday
GENRE: Documentary Film
SYNOPSIS: For years, Sonia Warshawski (91) 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 (in a dead mall), she’s confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. 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 this affects families and generations. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?
One hundred seventy features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 90th Academy Awards.
Liyana, directed by Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp won the top prizes – Best of Show and Audience Awards at the 2017 BendFilm Festival.
The 25th annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center and co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies, will feature 18 films
The 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) film line-up of 30 feature films includes 16 documentaries and 14 narrative features.
For the first time ever, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) has introduced Jury Prizes, to be deliberated by an esteemed panel of filmmakers, journalists and experts.
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The sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled to take place November 9 – 13, announced its Narrative and Documentary Feature Film lineups for juried competition.