The documentary was produced & directed by Seattle filmmaking duo Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday.
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Tiny Lady Makes a BIG Impact
& Sets BIG Records!
BIG SONIA has been breaking records during it's theatrical run!

BIG SONIA is the story of an unlikely hero and her impact in the world now: Sonia Warshawski survived the Holocaust to make a new life in Kansas City, but that life is about to be uprooted. 

At 90, what will she do for her life’s next big act? 

The themes in BIG SONIA are more relevant and timely now more than ever.

The documentary feature film opened in New York in November 2017, where it was held over for a full week of screenings. (Read coverage in The New York Times.) Since then, its opened in Los Angeles and other cities nationwide. BIG SONIA has won 16 awards and was eligible for an Academy Award.

This month, BIG SONIA will be seen by its 15,000th patron at the Glenwood Arts Theater in Kansas City, making it the year's highest grossing film at that venue with over 100k taken in so far.  It has been held over for 6 weeks as of this announcement. This achievement was bolstered when the Mayor of Kansas City declared December 21, 2017 "Big Sonia Day." 


Image caption: Sonia Warshawski and her two daughters on the red carpet at the AARP sponsored screenings in Kansas City.
“A tenderly rendered inspirational piece about the healing power of forging human connections…”

"Engaging and thoughtful...An unforgettable woman refuses to forget in this thoughtful exploration of history’s fallout."


“Such a beautiful documentary… an unexpected and vital exploration… in a time we need it most. I love Sonia!” –Rosie O’Donnell
USA | 2016 | 90 minutes | Dir. Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday
Press contact: Ryan Davis | | 206.491.3738
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Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Sonia’s enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. At 15 she watched her mother disappear behind gas chamber doors. Sonia’s teenage years were a blur of concentration camps and death marches. On liberation day, she was accidentally shot through the chest, yet again miraculously survived. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations. Her story must never be forgotten.

The film interweaves Sonia’s past and present using first-person narrative with stories from family and friends. Along the way, we learn valuable life lessons – “Soniaisms” – from a woman who can barely see over the steering wheel, yet insists on driving herself to work every day to run her late husband’s tailor shop, John’s Tailoring. Running the shop is Sonia’s entire being – it is her reason for living and the center of her life. Sonia is a “diva” and she’s known for wearing leopard print and high heel shoes – she is the most popular woman I know. Her influence spans generations and cultures, and we see first-hand how she transforms a room of self-involved teenagers into thoughtful citizens. 

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