15 2020

Schenectady JCC Film Discussion Fest: BIG SONIA (Virtual)

7:30PM - 8:35PM  

Virtual JCC

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Sunday, November 15, 7:30 PM

USA, 2016, 90 min.,English

At 4'8", Sonia Warshawski can barely see over the leopard-skin
patterned steering wheel of her Oldsmobile. But at age 90, Sonia has a personality that towers over her Kansas City community, where she has tirelessly run her late husband’s tailoring business for decades. The shop is the last business left operating in a lonely corner of a dying shopping mall, but for Sonia, it’s the vibrant center of her long, eventful life. Every day, she faces the threat of eviction, but Sonia has experience with escaping finality:
As one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City,
she witnessed the unspeakable horror of her mother disappearing behind the doors of a Nazi gas chamber. Directed by Leah Warshawski (Sonia’s granddaughter) & Todd Soliday

Discussion led by Director Leah Warshawski
Leah Warshawski produces/directs documentary-style features, television, commercials, and branded entertainment in remote parts of the world. Her first feature,  “Finding Hillywood” (2013) won 6 awards including the Critic’s Award (Sebastopol Doc Festival) and the Audience Award (Napa Film Festival), and screened at more than 65 festivals. Leah’s career in film began in Hawaii working in the marine department for “Lost” and “Hawaii”, consulting producer for “The Wild” (2018), and advises filmmakers on outreach, marketing and hybrid distribution plans. In addition, Leah co-founded, for Rwandan filmmakers supported by “Bpeace” and The Academy of Motion Pictures.

Sponsor: Jewish Federation of NENY