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August 10, 2022


September 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Center for Rural Development
The Center for Rural Development
BIG SONIA @ The Center for Rural Development



An Independent Film
Public Audience:
  All ages
Tickets: $10

Sunday, September 10—2 p.m.
For years, Sonia Warshawski (90) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she’s confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away,” face 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?

Awards & Festivals

  • Best Documentary, Napa Film Festival, 2016
  • Audience Award, Napa Film Festival, 2016
  • AARP Movies for GrownUps Nominee, 2017
  • Best Documentary, Wilbur Award for Religious Communicators, 2017
  • Best Local Film, Movie Trip Cinema (Kansas City), 2017
  • Runner-up Audience Award, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, 2017
  • Audience Award, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, 2017
  • Best Heartland Documentary, Kansas City Film Festival, 2017

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To purchase tickets, call 606-677-6000. Tickets not available online.