Holocaust survivor. Grandma. Diva. Big Sonia comes to KCPT in April
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"After an incredibly successful run at local theaters over the last year in Kansas City, we were thrilled to be able to arrange for Big Sonia to come to the broadcast screen. Sonia has been a treasure in Kansas City, and many people know her through her long-running tailoring shop, but she has a bigger story to tell, and it's very, very important. Being able to put this on the air the night before Passover begins seems like the perfect spot, and KCPT is grateful that the filmmakers agreed!"

—Michael Murphy, KCPT Director of Programming


In the last store in a defunct Kansas City shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski — great-grandmother, businesswoman and Holocaust survivor — runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 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.

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. on KCPT
Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m. on KCPT
Sunday, April 21, 6:59 p.m. on KCPT2

Learn more about this film at bigsonia.com.

Related: 90.9 The Bridge Interview

In December 2017 filmmakers Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday were in the studios at 90.9 The Bridge for an interview. They discussed how important the music was in this film and played a couple of songs from the soundtrack. Music was provided by composer Brad Anthony Laina, and the soundtrack features a song from his Seattle-based band Vaudeville Etiquette:

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