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Film Club – Big Sonia
Thursday, January 25 @ 7:00 pm| $10
Doors open 6:30PM | Film at 7PM
Free Admission for Film Club Members | $10 for Member Guests and General Public
Become a Film Club Member
As a non-profit organization, the Empress Film Club depends on the loyalty of our members. Members receive free access to advance screenings, exciting new releases, and participate in our film selections and festival planning. Join our community of engaged and diverse film-lovers as we continue to deliver programs that entertain, enrich and educate. Meetings are every second Thursday of the month.
For years, Sonia Warshawski (91) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she’s confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. Ironically, Sonia’s shop is the last open business in an otherwise desolate Kansas City mall, but it contains enough color and liveliness to make up for the entire empty complex. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away”, facing retirement dredges up fears she’d long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces. BIG SONIA explores what it means to be a survivor and how intergenerational trauma affects families and generations. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?