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...
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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 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.
Being from Kansas City I always love to support a "hometown" hero. But this is SO MUCH MORE than just supporting a local women with a tremendous story and her loving family who has documented her story.
Sonia, a holocaust survivor. She literally grew up in hell. Imagine the worst, but make it even worst. Her stories are heart wrenching. But she is larger than life and her heart is filled with so much love and positivity. She has no tolerance for hatred. This movie is strong reminder to all of "don't carry hate" and to LOVE. This documentary has so many life lessons.
The difficult parts of the movie are when Sonia tells her memories of her childhood at the concentration camps. The director opted to illustrate those memories which made it a little more tolerable to "see". Sonia's words though, paint the picture. I took my 11 yr old and it was age appropriate and started some great conversations with her. Not only about the childhood Sonia suffered, but about the LOVE that needs to be in this world.
Be prepared to laugh, cry, gasp and reflect. We need more Sonia's in this crazy world we live in.
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