Tuesday, January 24- 4th and final film in the Holocaust Film Series - BIG SONIA- A Florida Premiere, directed by Leah Warshawski & Todd Soliday. US | 90 minutes | 2016
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. Today she still dispenses positive life lessons (known as “Soniaisms”), and speaks to local churches, schools, and prisons about the atrocities she endured as a teenager. Husband-and-wife filmmakers Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski (Sonia’s granddaughter) tell Sonia’s story in this moving and uplifting documentary that interweaves first-person narratives with memories from family and friends.
Directors Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in an extended conversation afterwards.
Opening Remarks by:Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
Tuesday, March 21 - Dr. Peter Antelyes- Associate Professor of English, Director of Jewish Studies and Director of Teaching Development, Vassar College on “Jews and American Comics”Prof. Antelyes has written on the literature of the West (Adventurous Enterprise: Washington Irving and the Poetics of Western Expansion), Jewish and African American singers, Jewish women in vaudeville, Irish-American popular song and Jewish Indians, among other topics.
Thursday, March 23 - Prof. Gerhard Weinberg and Prof. Hermann Beck - on “Pope Pius XII in World War II”.