Ahead of Time

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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. -- (C) Official Site


Critic Reviews for Ahead of Time

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  • Through interviews, photos and letters, Robert Richman's documentary gives insight into Gruber's life as well as the immense potential that comes with an irrepressible personality and a good dose of patience.

    Nov 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film packs a staggering amount of Gruber's life into 75 minutes.

    Nov 18, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There are points where shots of Gruber's old newspaper clips actually supply clearer information than the narrative (for quick-reading viewers, at any rate).

    Nov 18, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
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  • Although Gruber's personal life and latter accomplishments are mostly addressed via a few closing sentences, Ahead remains a fleet and fitting tribute.

    Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [This] graceful documentary portrait directed by Bob Richman, illustrates just how extraordinary her life [subject Ruth Gruber] has been.

    Sep 10, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A case study in pioneering feminist courage, ambition and individualism.

    Sep 8, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Ahead of Time

"Ahead of Time" is a mildly interesting documentary that serves as a pedestrian walk back through time for Dr. Ruth Gruber who at 96 finds herself recalling events from her fabulous life. At the age of 20, she earned a doctorate on the books of Virginia Woolf in Cologne, Germany where she also heard Adolf Hitler speak, just to see if he was as evil as everybody was saying he was. After that, it was hard finding work as a writer in the Great Depression but she eventually landed assignments from the New York Herald Tribune, serving as a role model for women in the same way that Virginia Woolf had served for her.(For example, Dava Sobel is her niece.) Through Ruth Gruber's life, she was a trailblazer but it was not until after World War II when the historical impact of her actions began to take hold. It was then that she covered the plight of Jewish refugees, showing their suffering for all the world to see, especially the story of the ship Exodus which attempted to bring some of them to Palestine against British orders. Not surprisingly the passengers' ordeal was more complex than in the Otto Preminger movie. What's ironic is the copy of a Preminger biography amongst all the other books in her apartment. It definitely helps that Ike Aronowitz, the captain of the Exodus, and Mordechai Rossman, the leader of the refugees, are on hand to be interviewed. But this is where the documentary ends, too, only disclosing the books Ruth Gruber wrote later and that she would get married and have two children.

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