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Big Sonia (2017)

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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 30 years. But when she's served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist 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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Filmed with great respect and palpable love for its subject, "Big Sonia" is one of those documentaries that seems to bring its own light - just like the woman at its center.

February 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This loving tribute of a documentary essentially aims to expand Sonia's audience.

December 8, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A tenderly rendered inspirational piece about the healing power of forging human connections that wisely maintains its focus on its spirited, stylish main subject.

December 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The loose structure is bound by a thread of motherhood. Sonia's children, two daughters and a son, are lively, intelligent, and deeply affected by their parents' trauma.

November 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Sonia is a powerful subject, but "Big Sonia" brings little perspective to her story.

November 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The filmmakers, like Sonia herself, acknowledge the ongoing struggle that's essential to surviving such trauma. And as survivors' numbers dwindle, there's urgency when she insists on remembering.

September 25, 2017 | Full Review…

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