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Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

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Jan 01, 2025

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About the film

Brooklyn-born Ruth Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. She defied tradition in an extraordinary career that spanned several 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 gave her unique access and insight. This documentary interweaves verite scenes with archival footage.




Robert Richman


Zeva Oelbaum


Ruth Gruber

Awards & recognition

2011 Winner Best Documentary

Miami Jewish Film Festival

2011 Audience Award

Teaneck International Film Festival

2010 Winner Best Documentary

Berkshire International Film Festival

What people are saying

"The journalist as advocate and activist has rarely been contained in a more compelling package than Ruth Gruber."

Betsy Sherman

Boston Phoenix

"A case study in pioneering feminist courage, ambition, and individualism."

Nick Schager

Time Out

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