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‘Big Sonia’ filmmakers, family members and cast members, some who fall into each of these categories, posed for this photo at the Glenwood Arts Theatre. Shown are Todd Soliday (from left), Regina Kort, Sonia Warshawski, Debbie Warshawski and Leah Warshawski.

It’s official, the city of Kansas City, Missouri, has declared today, Thursday, Dec. 21, Big Sonia Day. Filmmaker Leah Warshawski, who also happens to be “Big Sonia” Warshawski’s granddaughter, had this to say about the tribute: “We’re honored that the city is choosing to recognize the power of one small woman to make a BIG impact, and the triumph of “love over hate.”

Here’s the announcement:

Councilwoman Heather Hall will introduce a resolution to the Mayor and City Council to honor Sonia Warshawski, declaring Dec. 21 as “Big Sonia Day.”

“It is my distinct honor to recognize Sonia for her big heart and perseverance. I admire her dedication to civility, love and kindness and ask all citizens of Kansas City to live like Sonia,” Councilwoman Hall said.

Sonia Warshawski is a Holocaust survivor and a citizen of the greater metropolitan Kansas City area. Warshawski continues to show compassion, determination and service in educating the world of the Holocaust and her legacy. She has been influential in breaking many barriers involving our communities, her message of love and tolerance has healed many hurting people and she remains a strong role model for so many.

“We’re overjoyed that Sonia’s message of ‘love over hate’ is resonating with so many people of all ages, races, cultures and ethnicities around the globe. Big Sonia Day reminds us that the small acts matter BIG and we’re honored that the ‘Sonia Effect’ is spreading rapidly!” “BIG SONIA” producer Leah Warshawski said.

Held over by popular demand

The film, which was originally scheduled for a one-week run when it opened Dec. 1, is here at least through Sunday, Dec. 24. The documentary broke all ticket sales records for the Fine Arts Theatres, selling more than 6,700 tickets in its first 10 days. Producer and Co-Director Leah Warshawski and Co-Director Todd Soliday, and other cast members, will be back at the Glenwood Arts Theatre through Dec. 24 for more question-and-answer sessions and special events during the following times:

Thursday, Dec. 121 — 7:05 p.m. 

Friday, Dec. 22 — 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 23 — 7:35 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24 — 11:45 a.m., 2:20 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door or online at fineartsgroup.com. The Glenwood Arts is located at the Ranchmart South shopping center, 3707 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66206. Phone is 913-642-1133.