Tuesday, March 20
Film University City & West Philly
“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?