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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Although Gruber's personal life and latter accomplishments are mostly addressed via a few closing sentences, Ahead remains a fleet and fitting tribute."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"This now-99-year-old Brooklyn native can still tell a good yarn -- and her accomplishments make a pretty compelling story, too."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"The film packs a staggering amount of Gruber's life into 75 minutes."
‑ Tom Horgen, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[This] graceful documentary portrait directed by Bob Richman, illustrates just how extraordinary her life [subject Ruth Gruber] has been."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"The journalist as advocate and activist has rarely been contained in a more compelling package than Ruth Gruber."
‑ Betsy Sherman, Boston Phoenix
"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)."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"A case study in pioneering feminist courage, ambition and individualism."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"Richman's eye for talking-head cleanliness and spritely archival interpolation betrays the project's undeniable professionalism."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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