Directors: Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski; USA, 2016, 93 min; English
At 4’8”, Sonia Warshawski can barely see over the leopard-skin-patterned steering wheel of her Oldsmobile. But at age 90, Sonia has a personality that towers over her Kansas City community, where she has tirelessly run her late husband’s tailoring business for decades. As one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City, Sonia witnessed unspeakable horrors and yet she survived. Today, she still dispenses positive life lessons (known as “Soniaisms”) to anyone who’ll listen, and also speaks to local churches, schools, and prisons about the atrocities she endured as a teenager. “Big Sonia” may struggle to face her latest daunting challenge—retirement—but she’s certainly doing it in style.
Screenings: Cinemark 1/22-1:30pm, Cobb 1/31-4pm and Frank 2/6-1pm