March 30 | 7 pm
Join us for a screening of “Big Sonia.”
followed by a Q & A with Regina Warshawski Kort, daughter of Sonia
Light Supper at 6 pm | Reservations here
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 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.
“Not just another Holocaust movie,” proclaims movie critic Christopher Llewellyn Reed. “Sonia [a Holocaust survivor] is a vibrant nonagenarian in Kansas City….lecturing at local schools to keep the memory of Nazi atrocities alive…. Beloved by those who know her, she is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.”
“It will reach into the tender-most part of your heart and touch it as few movies have.”
– Jeffrey Lyons | Lyons Den Radio | WCBS
“a film about history, how we carry it with us, and why it matters”
– Jennie Kermode, Eye For Film
“structured in a way that bumps the tragic and demoralizing up against the comic and inspirational.”
-Derek Smith, Slant Magazine
“One of the most interesting aspects of this documentary is the second-generation Holocaust survivor’s perspective and the insight into living with intergenerational trauma,”
-Rachel Morrow, Film-Forward
The Volland Store Fund is pleased to donate a “Big Sonia” educational package to Wabaunsee Senior High School, USD329.