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Big Sonia

Big Sonia is a movie starring Sonia Warshawski, SuEllen Fried, and Caroline James Kennedy. In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski - great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor - runs...

Other Titles
大索尼娅
Running Time
1 hours 33 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Family, Documentary, History
Director
Todd Soliday, Leah Warshawski
Writer
Eric Frith
Actors
Regina Kort, Sonia Warshawski, SuEllen Fried, Caroline James Kennedy
Country
USA
Year
2016
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

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 forgot she had, and her traumatic personal past resurfaces. Following Sonia as she continues on the motivational speaker circuit (even as she navigates her own struggles) BIG SONIA explores what it means to be a survivor. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?

Comments about family «Big Sonia» (22)

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Cheryl Fuller

Sonia Gandhi's One Billion Lives (Rajasthan), The film gives us the path-breaking story of one woman's fight for one billion lives. In the film, Sonia is shown as the daughter of a wealthy family who was forced to leave India to escape the anti-communist policies of the British Empire. The film gives us a behind-the-scenes look of Sonia's childhood and her struggles as an Indian. The film also shows how Sonia became involved with Gandhi's ideals and how her belief in Gandhi's ideas influenced her life. The film shows us how her first mother was imprisoned for the crime of getting involved in a revolution. The film also shows the many side stories that surround the life of Sonia and her own battles with depression and how she became a radical. Sonia's story is the most compelling of all and the film is a must see.

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Margaret

This is a powerful movie and it shows us what is really going on in the world. This movie shows us a much needed perspective about the issues of terrorism, war, and poverty. It is quite emotional and shows us the problems of life in India and Pakistan. The movie gives a good message about what people have to go through to survive and how it affects you emotionally. The movie also gives a good example on how people who are different, are forced to face the world and live together in a way that is not accepted in their country. The movie is quite emotional and shows us the struggles of the women in Pakistan. The movie is quite clear on the issues that the women face in Pakistan and India. The movie is quite good and has a strong message. There is a lot of background information on some of the issues that the women are facing and it is very easy to understand. I really enjoyed the movie and I hope that it will be a strong message to people in India and Pakistan to be better than the situation we have and to make a change in their own lives. The movie is a must see for everyone.

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Sandra Evans

A documentary, about the Indian struggle for justice, about the present and the future of India. The future is the focus of the film, since the 70s and 80s, when justice is seen as a state subject, rather than a national one. Some of the issues the documentary covers are caste, gender, education, and violence. The film does not focus too much on the past, since the past has been used as an excuse for all the present problems. The documentary is divided in three parts, with three stories. The first is about the plight of Dalits in Bijapur, and how a group of Dalits led by Raghubir Das beat the police officer. The second is about the struggle of Dalits in the rural areas of Rajasthan, and how the state uses violence to achieve its goals. The third is about the future of Dalits in India, and how they are struggling to improve their situation. The second part of the documentary focuses on the Dalit movement in Bijapur. The police officer is used as an example to drive the point home, but it is also about the social problems the community faces. The third part is about Dalits in the rural areas. There are several different kinds of Dalits, like a simple farmer, a tribal, a beggar, a thief, and a landlord. The documentary is made with the good intentions of bringing justice, but sometimes it is difficult to tell which story is which. I have always believed that history is always a mix of different stories. It is not always about one person or one event, and this documentary provides a mixture of stories to create a better picture of Dalits in Rajasthan. The film is pretty well made, the camera work is good, the story is good, and the production values are also very good. The documentary is not the only documentary about Dalits. There are other documentaries, like the one for the Rajasthan Chief Minister, and many others. The documentary focuses on Dalits, and the political and social issues that they face in their lives. The documentary was made in the same year as the Oscar winner "A Trip to the Moon". That was a documentary about how the moon affected the life of the people living on Earth, and how the moon impacts the lives of the people living on Earth. The documentary was also good, but it was not the best of the year, and it was far from being the best documentary of the year. The documentary "My Name is Raghubir Das" was also good, but it was too short. "Raghubir Das" was also an Oscar winner, but the documentary "My Name is Raghubir Das" was the best documentary of the year. 8/10

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Jack Delgado

This documentary was great. Great for the people of India and South Africa. We are told about the atrocities of the apartheid regime and the system of Apartheid in South Africa. The film covers these topics in great detail and also looks at the extraordinary "dark ages" period in South Africa in the 60's. I would recommend this film to everyone.

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Ryan

A remarkable documentary that is worth viewing for its bold, intimate and very moving portrayal of the life of Sonia Sainath, the Indian women who took on the Indian government and won. From her house in an ashram to the streets of New York to the infamous jail in Guantanamo Bay, this film focuses on the battle of the women. The film shows how Sonia and others decided to go after the corrupt Indian government in India and to begin a real change in the way they were treated and treated in India. The film is filled with interviews with Sonia Sainath and other women who have taken on the Indian government and other powerful people in India. The film shows the kind of things that women of India were facing, and that you can take on the Indian government, but it also shows how people could become violent in order to be able to do it. Some of the people in this documentary go so far as to kill, rape, or kill their own daughters. Many of these interviews are with the sisters, mothers, and mothers-in-law. The film is also very powerful, in many ways. The documentary is very interesting, in many ways, because it shows the transformation of a young, beautiful, and intelligent woman who was trying to make a difference in the world. She faced a lot of obstacles in her life, and when she did not get the treatment that she wanted, she was depressed and felt hopeless. This documentary helps us understand that if we have the right attitude, we can accomplish anything. The documentary also shows how a single mother with a daughter that she raised to be an adult, faced many hardships in her life and was eventually brought to suicide. This documentary does a wonderful job of telling us that we can all do something positive if we just do the right things.

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Lori B.

Before I watch this film, I read all the comments and watched the trailer and I thought, 'Wow, this could be a great film'. The trailer shows a lot of great footage of India and when you watch the film, you realize what a great idea this was! Now, I am not a film critic but I love documentaries and this one is a must see. I just want to say, 'Stay away from the negative reviews, this is an amazing film and one you should definitely watch!'

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Beverly H.

Although the film was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival, the hype has not translated well into general audience attention. Why do these films take a couple of years to get to the theaters? Is it because the subject matter isn't well-known? Is it because the people behind the film aren't doing so well with it? I found this film to be a lot more interesting than expected. The film tells the story of Indian immigrants who are about to be evicted from their homes by a developer. As a result, the immigrants begin to organize and fight back. This film was very interesting and the way it was told kept me watching until the end. The only reason I gave this film an 8 was because it was a bit slow. The film was very interesting but the slow pace didn't translate well to the movie going audience. All in all, this film was a very good documentary. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the subject of immigration. The only other documentary I can think of that was more similar to this was Martin Scorsese's Taxi.

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Lisa H.

It's the battle between the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) against the Congress party that has been portrayed as the one that is the enemy in this film. The Congress party is portrayed as a hate-mongering organization that has little to do with democracy. Its members and supporters are portrayed as being prejudiced against non-Aryan Indians and not democratic. The INC is portrayed as a democratic party that supports freedom and equality. This film has to do with the struggle between the Congress party and the RSS. It is an important film that will be beneficial to both the youth and the seniors.

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William

I am a huge fan of journalism and the environment, and I was very moved by this film. The subjects were passionate and complex, and the story of one person (Sonia) who is being persecuted by her husband's government is one that I would like to see. The director did a good job of portraying the pain and agony that the family was going through. I think the only negative I would say is that the film did not come across as a documentary. There was not enough "life in the story" for me to believe that it was not going to be a documentary. I think it would be very useful to see the interviews that they did with both Sonia and her husband, and with other people. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the environment, or people's attitudes towards the environment. It is definitely a great film for any family, and for anyone who believes in the environment.

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Catherine

This is one of the best documentary films I've ever seen. I'm not a film critic, and I have never been to a film festival, but this one blew me away. The narration is great, and the photography and editing are perfect. It really makes you feel like you are there with the people on the front lines. The style is a bit different than most documentaries, but it is still very much in the style of film documentaries. It reminds me of "The Fog of War" and "The Hunt for Red October" and "Watership Down" in a very, very, very good way. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, well-made, honest look at the human condition. I would give it an 8, and that is very generous. If you enjoy the kind of documentary films that some people hate, this one is not for you. But if you like the kind of documentaries that people who are into documentaries are like, this one is not for you either.

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Michelle B.

We watched it with the kids and it is easy to say it is an excellent movie. We enjoyed it, but there are several things that kept us from rating it higher. First, the children are in the middle of the movie. We were all interested in learning more about the religion that has caused so much conflict, and the story is narrated by a child, so it takes a little bit of getting used to. Second, we didn't like the fact that we had to leave after the first 15 minutes of the movie. The start is good, but I wanted to know more. Third, we noticed that there were some scenes in the movie that were not presented in the movie itself. So we were left wondering what they were. Fourth, I was a little confused with how the movie ended. I had not seen the movie until the end, and I felt a little confused. Finally, we enjoyed the movie, but it is not as good as it could have been.

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Sarah W.

This documentary, with an outstanding cinematography and editing, details the struggle of the Indian people in fighting for their freedom, with remarkable bravery and determination. Many of the films and documentaries about India focus on what is usually the dominant narrative of what is happening, and only tangentially look at what is happening at the bottom of the pyramid. This is a film that does both, with excellent results. The documentary is a three-hour documentary, but you never feel bored or stretched in any way, shape, or form. The information is extremely thorough and does not go into unnecessary details. If you are not interested in the political process, you will be in for a treat, but if you are interested in the cultural context of what is happening, you will find a lot to think about.

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Mary

With an amazing start, A Girl Called Robin is a perfect choice for anyone who's ever seen a documentary or seen one before. It's the story of Robin Williams, a man who has lived for over half his life in a mental hospital. When he is released, he works for the Department of Education in the US as a 'comedian'. His life has never been the same since he was in that mental institution. When he comes out, it's a different world for him. He's a successful comedian and he has a young son. But his wife is divorced and his son is the subject of his new comedy. He is slowly trying to figure out how to put the past behind him and become the person he always wanted to be. There are many people in this documentary who are telling Robin Williams the stories of their own experiences. This is a real thing to hear about, and this is what makes the documentary so great. There are people who have been in the mental institution, people who have had some traumatic experiences in their childhood. And Robin Williams himself. He's a really good guy, a very funny person, who is willing to go back and forth from his comedy career to his real life. He even talks about how he did the same thing with his wife in their divorce. There's a lot of the most amazing and powerful things to hear, and the documentary is a great example of how documentaries can help us all, especially to get through our daily life. I loved this film, and it has a great message about how we should live our lives. If you haven't seen this film yet, I strongly recommend it. It's an excellent film and a great example of what documentaries are really all about.

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Nicholas F.

I've been wanting to see this film for a long time and was blown away by the quality of the film. I was reminded of the beautiful documentary I watched about Steve Jobs the other night and how this movie was just as amazing. I was truly amazed at how both the artistic style and the technical aspects of the film matched up very well with each other. I had no idea how much emotion and human emotion could be conveyed by just a few words. I recommend this film to everyone who is interested in the subject of war and peace.

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Virginia

Filmmaker Shashi Kapoor has done an excellent job in this documentary. I know a lot of people that have been scared out of their mind, as well as people who have lost their jobs or their friends and relatives due to some of the various reasons that the current government is being accused of. He has covered the situation from both sides of the spectrum and has been fair to both. However, he seems to be biased in some ways and does not seem to be very fair to the victims and their families. If you like documentaries that are informative, insightful and speak to people's hearts, then you will enjoy this film.

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Joan

This is a beautifully shot documentary about the Tibetan culture and the history of Tibet, the Dalai Lama and the Dalai Lama's last 12 years. I'm not familiar with Tibetan culture and history, but I do understand that Tibet was always ruled by Tibetan people and that the Tibetan culture is different than what we know from our history textbooks. It is certainly different from the Chinese culture and its history, but it is very similar to the way in which Tibetan culture was handed down to the children. The director has been able to show us all that there is more to the past than the history books teach us. The movie shows us that, and also gives us a glimpse into how Tibet is controlled by China. This is the type of movie that I would like to have seen more often. I would like to have seen a second part to the documentary, but I have been told that the movie will be released on DVD in the near future. This is definitely worth watching and also if you're a Tibetan. It is not a documentary that will leave you with an understanding of Tibet or the culture. It is an educational documentary about the culture of Tibet and the Chinese government's control of Tibet. I would recommend this movie to people who are interested in the history of Tibet. It is a beautiful documentary that will help you to understand the culture and history of Tibet.

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Theresa Brooks

Somehow, in an environment where almost everyone is either pro-China or pro-America, the American pro-China versus anti-China or anti-American angle seems somewhat off kilter, and I wonder if this film is what helped to cause that. All in all, this is a decent movie that is worth seeing and considering.

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Joan H.

In the summer of 1989, a chemical weapons attack on the civilian population of the suburbs of Baghdad killed over a hundred thousand people. The United Nations was already investigating the cause and deciding how best to respond. A UN Commission of Inquiry (co-chaired by Dutch diplomat Lamberto Raimondi) was formed to review the possible causes of the incident. But the investigation itself was halted, and the entire matter went on hold. The United States had taken over the administration of the UN, and it was determined that any investigation of the possible causes of the incident would be handled by the CIA, which it was. In fact, the Commission had been disbanded by President George H.W. Bush, and the CIA had developed an unusual rapport with the Commission. However, the Commission's mission was to look into the cause of the attack, and the CIA was not interested in the military's investigation. The CIA instead took the lead in the investigation, and the results were surprisingly negative. The report's author, a CIA historian, wrote that the incident was "unremittingly deliberate," and that it was designed to inflict maximum civilian casualties. In fact, the CIA's internal operations manual identified the attack as an "air operation" and warned CIA operatives against striking the Iraqi capital without permission from Washington. According to the CIA's historian, the attack was a carefully planned assault. A cover story was developed for the attack, as well as training for the operatives involved. By setting up the attack as a "humanitarian" operation, the CIA was able to hide its involvement in a way that would not draw attention to its covert actions. A covert CIA operation was underway in the immediate aftermath of the incident. The names of the operatives involved were never revealed, and the CIA also abandoned its prewar protocol of withholding information about the identities of its operatives from other agencies. However, the CIA's investigation did not cover the question of whether the attack was planned, and this question was left unanswered. So the CIA's historian concluded that "The action was not deliberately planned, nor was the operation deliberately planned." The investigator, who had previously dealt with the investigation of the September 11th terrorist attacks, concluded that the CIA had acted properly and that "The incident in Iraq was the result of incompetence and ill-advised policy." The CIA investigator had difficulty identifying the senior operatives responsible for the attack, and he could not corroborate the allegations of malfeasance and deceit that were so common in past investigations of CIA operations. The CIA historian also concluded that the CIA should have conducted a "more thorough and accurate investigation" of the incident. However, the CIA historian noted that the "CIA inspector general (head of the CIA's Office of Public Affairs) was part of the CIA investigation." The inspector general was a "normal CIA employee" who was "used to conducting investigation and finding witnesses." He stated that he had been "present when the incidents occurred." The

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Ralph Chavez

I love Indian music. I love Indian films. I think it is a beautiful culture and people, and I also know that the film is a little biased for Indians. So I took this film with an open mind. I have no idea what the main points of the film were supposed to be about. I can say that I liked it, but I didn't really understand everything that was happening. It was interesting to me, but not to everyone else. I think it's a good film, but I would be interested in seeing the original version of the film.

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Mary

I saw this movie on the big screen. I have to say that it was not a great movie. It was very slow. I found it hard to follow. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that the movie was about the Olympics. I do not think that it was a bad movie, but it was not the best. I would not recommend it to anyone. It was not a movie I would watch again. I do not recommend it to anyone.

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Walter

On the surface, one might expect a movie about the dangers of nuclear war, and the ethics of going to war with another country, to be a "war" movie. But in a way, the movie is a "chick flick", and a "human interest" movie. There are a couple of scenes in the movie that I found so funny, that they really moved me. "The flight of the matchstick" is a classic. The movie is quite self-conscious about it's own "chick flick" qualities. There's also the part where the movie starts to show itself as a "war movie", when the big speech about the necessity for military action, and the speech about the value of nuclear weapons. (This is a quote from the movie, which has been lost to history, so I can't tell you what it is.) The other part is when they start talking about the value of humans, and of the human race, and how important war is, and how important it is to prevent war. So there's a big part of the movie that is worth seeing for any kind of human being, and not for the way it can be taken, but for the way it is presented. In fact, the movie is a bit of a hybrid of two other movies. There is a scene in which the President talks about a "humanitarian intervention" in a foreign country. And the scene from "The Flight of the Matchstick", where the matchstick is seen flying through the sky, and the bird is seen flying, and there is a shot of the matchstick hitting the bird. The movie does a good job of showing both sides of the debate. In the end, I would say that the movie is worth seeing, and the reason I gave it an 8 instead of a 9 is because of the way it is presented. It is not a "war" movie, nor is it a "human interest" movie. But it is a movie worth seeing.

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Victoria Greene

I am a huge fan of India and the history of the country. I was not expecting much from this documentary, but I was very surprised by how much it was touching and how it was an accurate portrayal of the events. The documentary is not the most entertaining documentary, but it is still very interesting. The documentary is a combination of interviews with various people who were there, but mostly from the Indian side. They talk about the British and the Indian government and the events of the time. It is very interesting to hear from people who were there, but it is not a documentary you can watch over and over again. It is a very interesting documentary that will not disappoint you.