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Chicago Preview: Big Sonia
Chicago Preview: Big SoniaSunday, February 5, 2017 - 2:00 pm
WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY NAPA FILM FESTIVAL
Spunky Holocaust survivor will keep telling her story until bullying and discrimination stop—Huffington Post
Standing at 4'8" tall, Sonia Warshawski is a tiny woman with a huge personality. For years, she’s been a business owner and inspirational public speaker, sharing her story of surviving the Holocaust with people afraid that their own traumas would define them. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop, she's confronted with an agonizing decision about her own future.
Award-winning producer/co-director Leah Warshawski is Sonia’s granddaughter. She introduced the film and led a post-show discussion.
Leah Warshawski produces and directs documentaries, television shows, and commercials, often in remote parts of the world. Her first feature film, Finding Hillywood (2013), won six awards including the Critic's Award at the Sebastopol Documentary Festival and the Audience Award at the Napa Film Festival. In addition, she co-founded and manages rwandafilm.org, an online professional network for Rwandan filmmakers designed to help grow the film economy in East Africa. The site is supported by international partners including the Business Council for Peace and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
From The Jewish Week (New York)
Sonia Warshawski [Big Sonia] knows the exact moment when she decided to go public with her past as a survivor of Auschwitz. She was watching television and saw a group of skinhead Holocaust deniers spouting their line, and a voice in her head said, “This was the reason you survived — you have to speak for [the ones who weren’t so fortunate]."