For years, Sonia Warshawski has been an inspirational public speaker at schools, churches and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless students, prisoners and ex-cons who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop, which has thrived in the bottom of a now-abandoned mall for 35 years, she is confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop—at age 90—or retire. For a woman who admits that she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away”, facing retirement dredges up fears she’d long forgotten, and her traumatic personal past resurfaces.
Note: Generously supported by Carolina & Barry Gustin
Big Sonia Trailer (2015) from Inflatable Film on Vimeo.
Leah Warshawski produces and directs documentaries and other projects in remote parts of the world. She co-founded rwandafilm.org, a “LinkedIn” for Rwandan filmmakers. Leah is co-ep on the documentary Personhood, and also advises filmmakers on outreach, marketing and hybrid distribution.
Todd Soliday is a jack-of-all-trades with over 25 years experience in production and post. Todd specializes in documentary storytelling and adventure films. Recent projects include: The Breach (2014, graphics) and Out of Luck (2015, film editor).
Meadowood Napa Valley
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Leah Warshawski, Charles Todd Soliday
Leah Warshawski, Thomas Wright, Ni'coel Stark, Sara Wright
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