Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Big Sonia (film)
Edlavitch DCJCC

Dirs. Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday
(93 min, United States, 2016)

Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia Warshawski can barely see over the leopard-skin-patterned steering wheel of her Oldsmobile. But at age 90, 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.

“Big Sonia” may struggle to face her latest daunting challenge—retirement—but she’s certainly doing it in style.


Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States

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