The Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University is hosting a documentary double feature next Wednesday, September 8th, that is sponsored by the American Film Institute Project: 20/20 Program and RiverRun’s “Film’s With Class.”

Both films are quite interesting albeit in very different ways!  The first film starts at 7:00 p.m. and the second one at 8:30 in the Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall on the Wake Forest campus.

Viewers can choose one or stay for both according to their schedules and interests.  Each screening will be followed by a short Q & A session with one of the filmmakers present.

Here are some promotional blurbs:

Ahead of Time (75 minutes)

With her love of adventure and fearlessness, Ruth Gruber defied tradition from the moment she became the world’s youngest PhD at the age of 20 in 1931. Ahead of Time tells the remarkable journey of 96 year-old Gruber, and is the directorial debut of noted cinematographer Bob Richman (The September Issue, My Architect, and An Inconvenient Truth). Gruber continued to make history throughout her trail-blazing career by becoming the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935 and escorting 1000 Holocaust refugees from Naples to New York in a secret war-time mission in 1944. She covered the heart-wrenching ordeal of the refugees aboard the ship Exodus 1947 with photographs that helped change the world.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (55 minutes)

Working backwards through history, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo explores the mystery of the development of Japan’s love affair with bugs. Using insects like an anthropologist’s toolkit, the film uncovers Japanese philosophies that will shift Westerners’ perspectives on nature, beauty, life, and even the seemingly mundane realities of their day-to-day routines.

I enjoyed both films very much and learned a great deal from each of them.

These screenings are free and open to the public.   If you have questions or need more information about next week’s documentary double feature, just email me:


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