JCC Film Festival & HMMSA Presents: Big Sonia

Directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday

Big Sonia

93 min. | USA | 2016 | English | Documentary


Sunday, Aug. 19 | 5pm | Barshop JCC Holzman Auditorium | Admission: $8

About the Film

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski - great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor - runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, Big Sonia also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all. 

Big SoniaOnline:

Official Website

New York Times Review

Hollywood Reporter Review




Family Issues


This screening is presented in conjunction with the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio.

In order to continue the ongoing efforts of enriching, educating, and enlightening both our Jewish and non-Jewish community members, the JCC offers a variety of year-round film screenings presented by the Jewish Film Festival. The Holzman Auditorium at the JCC, where the screenings are held, has a state-of-the-art sound system making each of these unique film experiences unforgettable.

For information about these film screenings and additional opportunities, please contact Allison Cornwell at 210-302-6828.