2016 | 93 minutes |Documentary | English
91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, Big Sonia also 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.
Guest Speaker – Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz
Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz joined Temple Israel’s staff in 2003 and currently serves as the congregation’s first female Senior Rabbi. She delights in the array of responsibilities: leading services, preaching, officiating at lifecycle events, coordinating retreats, counseling, and providing pastoral care. Rabbi Bodney-Halasz’s grandmother knew Sonia personally, and she has fond memories of the furniture shop that she will share with us.
Winner: Best Documentary, Barcelona; Best Heartland Documentary, Kansas City; Best Local Film, Movie Trip Cinema, Kansas City; Audience Choice for best Documentary, Cleveland, Dallas, Monadnock International, Napa Valley, Philadelphia Jewish FF, Seattle Jewish FF, Mendocino FF, Berkshire Jewish FF, Tallgrass