Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia Warshawski can barely see over the steering wheel , yet, at 89 years of age, this tiny woman with an oversized personality and indomitable spirit still drives herself to work six days a week to run her late husband’s tailor shop – the last shop still open in a dying suburban mall. Sonia, who admits that she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away”, is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and has, for years, been speaking at schools, church groups and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust have inspired and impacted countless numbers of people. Now, with the closure of the mall imminent, Sonia struggles with the looming threat of being forced to close the shop’s doors and having to face retirement. Co-directed by Leah Warshawski (Sonia’s granddaughter) and Todd Soliday, this warm and charming documentary beautifully interweaves the threads of Sonia’s past and present, while also exploring the impact Sonia’s wartime experience has had on her grown children, to offer an affecting portrait of a remarkable woman whose determination to transcend the traumas of the past spans generations and cultures – an uplifting story that is by turns poignant, insightful and laugh-out-loud funny.
November 4, 2017 7:30 pm
Leah Warshawski & Todd Soliday
Winner – Grand Jury Prize: Best Documentary, Barcelona Int’l FF 2017. Winner – Best Film, Wilbur Award for Religious Communicators 2017. Winner – Best Film, Napa FF 2016. Winner – Audience Choice Award, Cleveland Int’l FF, Napa FF, Mendocino FF, Philadelphia JFF, Seattle JFF
- Special Notes
LEAH WARSHAWSKI, CO-DIRECTOR (SONIA’S GRANDDAUGHTER)
TODD SOLIDAY, CO-DIRECTOR
Proudly co-sponsored by
CALGARY JEWISH FEDERATION
IN HONOUR OF THE SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST
WHO REBUILT THEIR LIVES IN CALGARY AND HAVE BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US.