Occurs on Sunday October 21 2018

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Vashon Center for the Arts
19600 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island WA 98070

Performance Notes

× Big Sonia

Sunday, October 21 | 4 pm

The first lecture in our Arts & Humanities Series will feature members of the creative team of the award-winning documentary, BIG SONIA. Eric Frith, Vashon resident and BIG SONIA story producer, will join co-directors Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday to discuss how they developed the story arc of Sonia’s amazing life journey and the powerful messages she continues to share with individuals, schools, and communities across the nation. Leah and Todd describe what they see as the movie’s universal themes: “Despite featuring a Holocaust survivor, BIG SONIA is not a ‘Jewish movie,’ and it’s not a ‘Holocaust movie.’ BIG SONIA is a story about humanity: our human potential to overcome even the worst of the world's sins and atrocities with compassion and understanding. It's a tale about survival, yes, but not only the heroic kind—the kind that is forced upon victims of genocide. It's also about the everyday acts of survival we all undertake just to be human: to overlook slights; to rise above bigotry, ignorance and self-doubt; to push for forgiveness even when our instincts urge retribution or bitterness. We premiered BIG SONIA the day after the 2016 presidential election. We had no way of knowing then that the themes of our film would find new relevance. Sonia's life story has been called an antidote to the hate and fear we see around us, and we hope that is true. But the real lesson of BIG SONIA is that we've all got the capacity to combat the worst of humanity. Like Sonia, we all have the opportunity to create for others the places of comfort and connection where survival takes root.”

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