AARP Maine is proud to sponsor the Maine Jewish Film Festival’s presentation of the documentary Big Sonia on Sunday, March 11 at the Nickelodeon Cinemas in downtown Portland. The 93-minute film will be introduced by AARP Maine and will be followed by a discussion with Leah Warshawski, who co-directed the film with Todd Soliday. Ms. Warshawski is also the granddaughter of the film’s subject.

Described in a Hollywood Reporter review as “engaging and thoughtful,” Big Sonia proves that good things really do come in small packages. Sonia Warshawski, a diminutive Holocaust survivor with an extraordinary inner light and the drive to transform her traumatic past into a source of hope and inspiration, has something to teach us all. Reaching across racial, religious and generational divides Sonia motivates herself and others to stand up, take action and make a difference. The film is both a portrait of an incredible, tough nonagenarian and a reflection on how the traumatic events of the Holocaust affect generations of family.

For this screening only AARP members will receive a discounted ticket price of $8 for online purchases ($9.27 with service fee) and $10 at the door. Online purchasers, be sure to select the AARP rate and enter password: MJFF. Advance purchase is strongly recommended. In the event the film sells out, tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis as they become available one half-hour before start time.

Now in its 21st year, the Maine Jewish Film Festival is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the presentation of films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the global Jewish experience. To learn more about the festival visit here. To see this year’s entire festival lineup, which includes screenings in Bangor, Brunswick, Lewiston, Portland, Rockland and Waterville, visit here.

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