About The Film
A diminutive Holocaust survivor with an oversized personality and indomitable spirit dispenses life lessons in the warm and affectionate BIG SONIA.
Standing just four-feet eight-inches tall, Sonia Warshawski spent her teenage years shuttled between concentration camps, and is now among the last remaining Holocaust survivors living in Kansas City. With her vibrant style and fierce attitude, the 91-year-old diva continues to offer inspiration, sharing her story with students, church groups, prisoners and ex-cons. Even as she seeks to uplift others, the struggle to survive continues, as Sonia faces threat of eviction from a dying shopping mall where she has run her late husband’s tailor shop for decades. Sonia’s first-person narrative is artfully illustrated with animations inspired by her own drawings, while intimate interviews with family and friends complete the picture of a remarkable woman who embodies the very best qualities of perseverance and determination.
Winner of the Best Documentary and Audience Award prizes at the Napa Valley Film Festival, BIG SONIA benefits from the added personal touch of husband-and-wife filmmakers Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski (Sonia’s granddaughter).