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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... See full summary »

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Eric Frith (story)
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Credited cast:
Sonia Warshawski Sonia Warshawski ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
SuEllen Fried SuEllen Fried ... Self
Caroline James Kennedy ... Self (as Caroline Kennedy)
Regina Kort Regina Kort ... Self
Debbie Warshawski Debbie Warshawski ... Self
Morrie Warshawski Morrie Warshawski ... Self
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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.

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Survivor. Grandmother. Diva.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kansas City, Missouri, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,398, 19 November 2017

Gross USA:

$212,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$212,471
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Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color
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Big Sonia - Kicks History into Real Life
10 October 2017 | by laughlincherylSee all my reviews

Big Sonia was one of those serendipitous finds that refocuses the impact of the Holocaust and its repercussions in not only Sonia's family but all those whose come into contact with Big Sonia.

Recently, while feeling nostalgic about my Ohio roots, I learned about Big Sonia playing at the Cleveland Film Festival. And this is what grabbed me by the heart and shook me to the core (and I'm not prone to hyperbole):

"Standing tall at 4'8′, Sonia Warshawki is a business owner of a beloved 35-year-old store facing eviction because of a dying mall. But at 91 years old, she is also – one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City. Sonia's enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured at 15..."

At that point, I was all in to catch the film when it made it to California and this indie-film-that-could does not disappoint. Be ready to walk away with a renewed awe of the human spirit to endure and grow and spark change.


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