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Learning to Swim

Ruth Grimberg
Running Time:10:19 minutes
Event Date(s)
10:15 AM EST
Thursday, November 8
Thalian Black
7:00 PM EST
Sunday, November 11
Jengo's Playhouse

Producer: Katharine Round
Editor: Pinny Grylls
Camera: Ruth Grimberg
Additional Camera: Daniel Graf Brohawn
Camera Assistant:Jack Hayter
Sound Design & Music: Jamie Perera
Colourist: Zoe Rixon
Sound Recordists: Oriol Campi, Lewis Clark, Graeme Willets

A quintessentially quiet suburban town in England houses a middle-aged mum, who feels the government response to the refugee crisis is inadequate, and takes a young Syrian refugee into her own home.

Screening in: Kumquat Shorts


Ruth is a self-shooting documentary filmmaker and part-time lecturer living and working in London, UK. Her short films focus on the lives of ordinary people who show extraordinary courage and strength in facing up to personal and political challenges. Ruth aims to use intimate yet respectful observational camerawork to frame the unfolding stories told in their own voices. These films explore life in contemporary Britain which explore universal themes which resonate beyond the UK. Her credits include ‘Learning to Swim’ for BBC4 and the BFI, ‘Across Still Water’ (2014) and ‘Some Will Forget’ (2016) funded by Film London and Creative England, winning awards including Best Documentary at Aesthetica Short Film Festival and Open City Docs as well as being long-listed for a BAFTA.