Big Sonia

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Film | Saturday, Mar 24, 2018 | 4:00 PM | $7

Big Sonia

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For years, Sonia Warshawski (90) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she’s confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away”, facing retirement dredges up fears she’d long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces. BIG SONIA explores what it means to be a survivor and how this affects families and generations. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?

This screening will be General Admission and seating is first-come, first served. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Patron Services team by emailing, or calling 240-912-1058. See our full list of ticketing policies here.

Interested in taking a group to see the film? Groups of ten or more get a discount. Call Patron Services at 301.528.2260 or email to take advantage of this offer.

About the Director:

Leah Warshawski (Producer/Co-Director) produces documentary-style features, television, commercials, and branded entertainment in remote parts of the world. Her first feature, FINDING HILLYWOOD (2013) won 6 awards including the Critic’s Award (Sebastopol Doc Festival) and the Audience Award (Napa Film Festival), and screened at more than 65 festivals. Leah’s career in film began in Hawaii working in the marine department for LOST and HAWAII. She is currently co-ep for the feature doc PERSONHOOD (2017-18), and advises filmmakers on outreach, marketing and hybrid distribution plans. In addition, Leah co-founded, a “LinkedIn” for Rwandan filmmakers supported by Bpeace and The Academy of Motion Pictures. When she’s not on a plane, you can find her swimming, hiking, and dreaming of whales.

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