Russian Jews: Film Two—1914 - 1948 captures a 30-year period of significant Jewish participation in every domain of Soviet political and cultural life including Leon Trotsky's role as the founder of the Red Army; artist Marc Chagall's early career; the first Soviet popular music stars; writers, with Isaac Babel in the lead, and other figures and fates, without which the grandiose Soviet ‘project’ is impossible to understand.
“An unforgettable woman refuses to forget in this thoughtful exploration of history’s fallout.” - The Hollywood Reporter
Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia Warshawski is a tiny woman with bold lipstick and a penchant for animal prints. A feisty nonagenarian who runs a six-day-a-week tailor shop in suburban Kansas City, Sonia is also a Holocaust survivor who has taken it upon herself to share her story with the local community. As survivor numbers dwindle, Sonia understands the urgency of remembering the past, and her insistence on speaking out has a life-changing impact on those who are privy to her testimony.
Directed by Sonia’s granddaughter, filmmaker Leah Warshawski, this engaging and thoughtful documentary artfully integrates animations inspired by Sonia’s own drawings with interviews from her family and friends, stitching together a moving portrait of a powerhouse woman.
93 mins / English
Director — Todd Soliday, Leah Warshawski