Event Archives
Big SoniaOn Screen/In Person Film Series

March 20, 2018  ·  Zellerbach Theatre

This event has been cancelled due to the weather. Please call the Box Office at 215.898.3900 with any questions.

Producer and Co-Director
Leah Warshawski
Co-Director, DP, Post Supervisor, Editor and Motion Graphics Todd Soliday
Executive Producer Thomas Lee Wright
Full Credits

“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 she’d 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 >>

  • Tuesday, March 20 @ 7 PM


Insights Events

Stay after the screening for a Q&A with Producer and Co-Director, Leah Warshawski.

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.