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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.

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Co-sponsored by Smith College Program in Jewish Studies, Student Event Student Event Committee, and Film Studies program, with support from Circles from Jewish Living

DOCUMENTARY | 2016 | 93 MINUTES

USA | ENGLISH

DIRECTED BY LEAH WARSHAWSKI AND TODD SOLIDAY

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