14th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival  March 28 – April 8, 2019

Pioneer Valley Premiere

A film about history, how we carry it with us, and why it matters.
– Eye for Film

Big Sonia

Saturday, March 24, 8:00 PM
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton

Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia Warshawski can barely see over the leopard-skin-patterned steering wheel of her Oldsmobile. But at age 91, 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. Sonia may struggle to face her latest daunting challenge—retirement—but she’s certainly doing it in style.

Discussion with Sara Weinberger, Professor Emerita of Social Work at Western New England University, and Lois Dubin, Professor of Religion at Smith College.

Winner, Best Documentary and Audience Award, Napa Valley Film Festival

Documentary | 2016 | 93 minutes
USA | English 
Directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday




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