Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 15th: “Raise the Roof” Movie/Discussion

  • 2:00 pm
  • Community Room Learning Resource Center, West Des Moines Schools
  • 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org

RAISE THE ROOF – Trailer from Trillium Studios on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 18th: “Ahead of Time” Movie/Discussion

  • 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Indian Hills Junior High Auditorium
  • 9401 Indian Hills Drive, Clive, IA 50325
  • Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org
“I am experiencing that feeling of zest which goes with exploration. I am in the thick of an historic moment. I am in an era in the making…” – First lines of Ruth Gruber’s initial dispatch from the Soviet Arctic, 1935
 
Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber became the youngest Ph.D. 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 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.
 
Through her own words and images, the film follows Ruth Gruber’s incredible journey as a student, a reporter, an activist leader and a prolific author. The film captures the drama of her life as she lent her camera lens – and her heart – to refugees of war. Ruth continues to travel all over the world re-connecting with many of the people who shared historic moments with her in Europe, in Israel, in the Arctic Tundra, in DP camps and refugee centers overseas and in the United States.

New York Times: “Ruth Gruber is remarkable… indefatigable… a riveting raconteur… an inspiration.”

Time Out New York: “A case study in pioneering feminist courage.”

Richard Holbrooke, Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan: “You could not invent Ruth Gruber… not even in a movie.”

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