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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 thirty... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Sonia Warshawski Sonia Warshawski ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
SuEllen Fried SuEllen Fried ... Herself
Caroline Kennedy Caroline Kennedy ... Herself
Regina Kort Regina Kort ... Herself
Debbie Warshawski Debbie Warshawski ... Herself
Morrie Warshawski Morrie Warshawski ... Himself


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 thirty years. But when she's served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit 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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Survivor. Grandmother. Diva.



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Release Date:

9 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kansas City, Missouri, USA See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1


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Heartwarming story of a young Holocaust survivor and her eventual life in the U.S.
24 November 2017 | by fliegelmanSee all my reviews

This is a heartwarming story of a young Holocaust survivor, her story and her eventual family.

A 14-year-old girl is caught in the Holocaust, survived multiple concentration camps and their horrors and eventually survived. She marries a fellow survivor, moves to the U.S. and raises a family. This is her story and that of her family.

While the period in Europe is discussed, it is not graphic and can be suitable for school age children although there is no doubt that this is something they will not forget.

They move to Kansas City where they operate a tailor shop and attempt to live a normal American life. Of course, their family is not normal, and never can be, given what the parents have lived through and the absence of an extended family.

I have a similar background personally so I could readily relate to the situation. My parents background, and those of myself and my brothers, is not all that much different than that in the move.

In the end, Sonia and her husband survived and thrived through some of the most horrifying events of humanity.

I am very glad I saw the movie. The movie is quite appropriate for educational audiences and events such as Yom Hashoa commemoration programs that want to remember the horrors of that period.

While her story is not uncommon for Holocaust survivors, the movie does an excellent job of saving this story for history when the last survivors is no longer with us.

My congratulations to the people behind this valiant effort and the story they leave behind.

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