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Special Screening of ‘Big Sonia,’ the Inspiring Story of a Holocaust Survivor, at the Barshop JCC Auditorium

‘Big Sonia,’ the biography of nonagenarian businesswoman and Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski screens Sunday, Aug. 19 at the JCC Jewish Film Festival of San Antonio.

On Sunday, Aug. 19 at 5:00 p.m., the Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival and Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio will co-present the documentary Big Sonia. Directed by Seattle-based filmmaker Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday, Big Sonia is a universally inspirational piece.

The Hollywood Reporter said: “Warshawski, who directed the documentary with Todd Soliday, is Sonia’s granddaughter, but their work is no hagiography. While the filmmakers’ affection for their subject is clear, their approach is clear-eyed and measured as they observe Sonia in her retail refuge and during her visits with students and prisoners as a motivational speaker.”

Holding fort in the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailoring shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide.

A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, Big Sonia offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry and how truth-telling can heal us all.

The screening will be followed by a talkback with Holocaust survivor Susanna Weisz Jalnos. Additionally, the Holocaust Memorial Museum will be open to tour for an hour following the talkback.

It will be held at 5:oo p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Barshop JCC Auditorium, 12500 NW Military Highway.

Tickets are $8 and may be purchased online or by calling the JCC at (210) 302-6820.


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