Big SoniaOn Screen/In Person Film Series
March 20, 2018 · Zellerbach Theatre
Co-Director, DP, Post Supervisor, Editor and Motion Graphics Todd Soliday
Executive Producer Thomas Lee Wright
National treasure, local celebrity, Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski is 90 and either spends her days at her iconic tailor shop or speaking at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired generations. When Sonia is served an eviction notice for her shop, the lone holdout in a dying suburban mall, she's confronted with an agonizing decision: open up a new shop, or retire. For a woman who admits she stays busy to keep the dark parts away, facing retirement dredges up fears shed long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces. Big Sonia explores what it means to be a survivor and how this affects families and generations. Will you let your trauma define you, or will your past make you stronger?
The On Screen/In Person Film Series offers a handpicked selection of six independent American films throughout the 17/18 season. The filmmaker(s) will do a Q&A following each screening, providing an in-depth look at the films and their respective topics and issues. View the whole series >>
Stay after the screening for a Q&A with the filmmaker!
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On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program.