Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber


FREE Screening with Museum Admission

About the Film

Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. She emerged as the eyes and conscience of the world. With her love of adventure, fearlessness and powerful intellect, Ruth defied tradition in an extraordinary career that has spanned more than seven decades.

The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, Ruth also traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942, escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, and David Ben Gurion gave her unique access and insight into the modern history of the Jewish people.

Ruth is an inspiration not only for her ground-breaking career, but for her vitality and humor at 98 years old. The film interweaves verite scenes with never-seen-before archival footage. The world premiere of Ahead of Time took place at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009.

Bob Richman | Director

Ahead of Time is Bob's directorial debut, but he is an award winning cinematographer and Director of Photography. He recently won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival for Best Cinematography for The September Issue. His other credits include Academy Award winner, An Inconvenient Truth, and Academy Award nominee, My Architect. His other credits include Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and Paradise Lost.

Zeva Oelbaum | Producer

Zeva Oelbaum is an award winning producer and the founder of Reel Inheritance Films. In addition to producing Ahead of Time, she has directed and produced short films which have screened at venues such as the International Center of Photography in New York. She was Executive Producer of Rene and I, a documentary film on twins Irene Hizme and Rene Slotkin who survived Josef Mengele at Auschwitz when they were only 6 years old. ***

Sabine Krayenbuehl | Editor

Sabine Krayenb├╝hl, has worked in both the United States and Europe editing documentaries and features. Her work includes the critically acclaimed documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, distributed by Paramount Classics and the Oscar-nominated feature length documentary My Architect; A Son's Journey for which the American Cinema Editors nominated her for an Eddie award in 2004. Other works include Picasso and Braque go to the movies on which she collaborated with feature film director Arne Glimcher and established producers Robert Greenhut and Martin Scorsese. Sabine recently finished My Reincarnation about the high Tibetan Lama, Choegal Namkai Norbu and his Italian born son Yeshi.