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A Tiny Grandma Makes a Big Impact in ‘Big Sonia’

June 24, 2016

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

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, PBS NewsHour, and she is a 4-time Emmy winner for feature videos in the Arts, Culture, and Human Interest. Find her on Twitter: @imperealize

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