Big Sonia | Denver Film Society | Todd Soliday | Leah Warshawski | USA

Big Sonia

Todd Soliday, Leah Warshawski

Documentary, Family Issues, History

EnglishUSA201793 minWebsite


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MUST END Thursday, December 28th!

- Official Selection of the 2017 Women + Film Festival -

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski—great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor—runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit 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.

About Osi Sladek:
Osi Sladek was born in Czechoslovakia in 1935. In 1938, Slovakia seceded from Czechoslovakia and became an ally of Nazi Germany. Almost immediately, Jews were subjected to persecution and oppression. As Jews were being rounded up and killed, Osi’s family lived in hiding, posing as gentiles. As the search for Jews intensified, Osi’s family ventured into the mountains and lived there with little food and shelter until they were liberated by the Russian army in 1945. In 1949, his family moved to Israel, and eventually, Osi settled in the United States. Now he speaks to schools and organizations to share his story. Though he lived in constant fear during the Holocaust, he never lost his faith. His message is one of good overcoming evil. As he tells audiences: “Goodness goes much further than evil in life. Never lose faith. Go on and live a good life.”

Editor: Doug Loviska, Todd Soliday | Cinematographer: Todd Soliday
Cast: Sonia Warshawski