Big Sonia

  • Joe's Violin Joe's Violin
  • Joe's Violin Joe's Violin


Coolidge Corner Theatre Wed, Nov 15, 2017 1:00 PM
West Newton Cinema Sun, Nov 19, 2017 3:30 PM
Film Info
Program:Cummings Social Justice Film Series
Director(s):Leah Warshawski
Todd Soliday
Country:United States
Running Time:93
Type of Film:Documentary
Premiere Status:Boston Premiere
In Person/Special Program:Lori Lefkovitz
Sponsored By:Northeastern University Jewish Studies Program, and Departments of History, Political Science, and S
Birthright Israel Foundation


Sonia Warshawski, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, is famous around town — at her tailoring shop for her huge personality, and at high schools and prisons for the lasting resonance of her visits to share her story. But when Sonia receives an eviction notice from her shop's landlord, she begins to imagine life without the work that keeps her mind off the past. Directed by Sonia's granddaughter, the film is both a portrait of an incredible, tough nonagenarian and a reflection on how the trauma of the Holocaust affects generations of family.

In Person: Lori Lefkovitz, Ruderman Professor and Director of the Jewish Studies Program and Director of the Humanities Center at Northeastern University


Submitted for 2017 Feature Documentary Academy Award.


Screening as part of the Cummings Social Justice Film Series


Join us for the Passholder Lounge at L'Aroma Café before and after the West Newton screening


Sponsored by

Northeastern University Jewish Studies Program, and Departments of History, Political Science, and Sociology & Anthropology

Birthright Israel Foundation

Included Shorts

Joe's Violin (24min) More