Big Sonia

Film Screening followed by Q&A with Sonia’s daughter, Debbie Warshawski

Monday, May 6 at 7:00 pm 

At Congregation Temple Israel (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141)
$5 suggested donation per person 
RSVP by Sunday, May 5 using the secure form below. 

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. 

About Debbie Warshawski: Debbie is "Big" Sonia’s youngest. She is a broadcast journalism graduate of the Univ. of MO School of Journalism. In 1979, she came to St. Louis to join the KMOV-TV staff of reporters. Later, she became a successful freelance video producer, writer, and public relations specialist - who was then honored to assume a new role - Director of Communications for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. For more than a decade, Debbie promoted Federation and the Jewish community via public and media relations, marketing strategies, fundraising support and more. In concert with St. Louis congregations and agencies, she spearheaded the community website that gained national attention, providing an online strategy for other Jewish communities. Today, she is a self-employed copywriter and public relations specialist whose clients include a powerful documentary entitled “Big Sonia!” 
Photo Above: Debbie (left), Regina and Morrie pose with their mother, “Big” Sonia at the KC Film Fest

A few of the Big Sonia’s many awards:
Grand Jury Prize: Best Documentary, Barcelona International Film Festival, 2017
Best Documentary, Napa Film Festival, 2016
Jury Award, Most Lovable Character, BendFilm, 2017
Audience Award, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 2017

This film screening is a part of Temple Israel's Holocaust Education Week. Click here for more details. 


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