Big Sonia is an image of Sonia Warshawski.

BIG Sonia Movie Screening

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Yardley Hall

SOLD OUT (FREE and open to the public. Tickets required for the 7 p.m. performance on March 21. *)

Individual Tickets

* Tickets limited to 4 per person.

SOLD OUT! No tickets remain for the 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, “Big Sonia” movie screening. There is an opportunity the night of the event to stand in a “cancellation line” for admittance into Yardley Hall in case there are no shows from ticketed patrons. Presence in the cancellation line does not ensure entry into Yardley Hall for the screening.

Sonia Warshawski, one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City, is the ultimate survivor and uses her life’s story to bridge cultures and generations. Learn about her Holocaust experiences, health, elder rights/ageism, inter-generation communication, discrimination and injustice.

Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia Warshawski 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. Warshawski’s enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. At 15 she watched her mother disappear behind gas chamber doors. Warshawski’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. Warshawski is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations. Her story must never be forgotten.

The “Big Sonia” film interweaves Warshawski’s past and present using first-person narrative with stories from family and friends. Along the way, the audience learns 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 business, John’s Tailoring. Running the shop is Warshawski’s entire being – it is her reason for living and the center of her life. Warshawski’s influence spans generations and cultures.

“Big Sonia,” co-directed by Warshawski’s granddaughter Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday, is more than a documentary about a Holocaust survivor. The film addresses societal issues that include:

  • Health
  • Elder rights/ageism
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Discrimination
  • Injustice

The movie's run time is 93 minutes. A Q&A session will follow.


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