Big Sonia tells the story of Sonia Warshawski, a spunky 89-year-old tailoring shop owner and survivor of the Holocaust. In this interview with KCTS 9, co-directors Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday reflect on family, healing and crazy car rides in Sonia's pink Buick.
When the husband-and-wife filmmaking duo of Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday decided to make a movie about Leah’s grandmother Sonia, they initially thought they were creating a day-in-the-life short film about a spunky old lady in a tailor shop. But as Warshawski and Soliday began to excavate Sonia’s history as a Holocaust survivor, they encountered a much larger examination of intergenerational trauma and healing.
Six years later, their feature-length film Big Sonia debuted in a work-in-progress screening at SIFF 2016. A recipient of the SIFF True Productions grant, Big Sonia heads into its finishing stretch and the filmmakers hope to make a big impact with moviegoers later this year.
Aileen Imperial is a multimedia and documentary producer with a commitment to thoughtful observation and engagement. Her work has aired nationally on the PBS American Masters series, the PBS NewsHour, and she received an Emmy® award in 2016 in the Arts feature category.More stories by Aileen Imperial