A remarkable story of a remarkable woman. Sonia Warshawski is a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and seamstress extraordinaire. The movie is directed by Todd Soliday and Sonia’s granddaughter Leah Warshawski and follows Sonia as she goes about her day-to-day life as a tailor and inspirational speaker. Sonia comes off as very inspiring and positive person. The way she impacts peoples lives is documented as she visits schools and prisons and shares her life experiences and Holocaust survival stories with teens and prisoners. The way she reaches these intimidating prisoners and turns them into teddy bears is quite impressive. Soliday and Warshawski manage to capture the essence and persona of Sonia and let it guide the film.

It’s hard not to be amazed and drawn to Sonia. She has a huge personality and seeing her engage and impact people from various backgrounds is touching. This film will make you sad and laugh. It will make you want to cherish your mother. It will make you aware that engaging with people in a positive way can change someones life. Also expect to see some gelatin covered fish. For real. It’s quite unappealing, but only Sonia can make you consider otherwise.

Big Sonia releases in select theaters on Friday, November 17


Written by Jim Alexander

Once upon a time I watched Monday Night Raw on Monday nights. By coincidence I ended up hooked on The Bachelor/Bachelorette. That lead to a Blog at Chicago Now called Bachelor Universe and a podcast of the same name. Now, I've decided to spread my wings and create this site that can be your Bachelor/Bachelorette destination. Aside from The Bachelor, in my personal life I'm a bachelor myself. Looking for the love of my life (not handing out many roses). I'm an avid animal lover. Have a rabbit and two turtles. I'm a film critic and co-founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). Lover of sports. Currently residing in the suburbs of Chicago (my hometown).

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