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?


Documentary BIG SONIA Grabs Big Award Nomination | TRAILER

The award-winning documentary Big Sonia, co-directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday, is the story of a little woman making a big impact, and was recently nominated for the Best Documentary award by AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards.