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January 27, 2012

Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival Continues at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre

The Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival continues at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in January and February with these features:

  • Ahead of Time is a film about Ruth Gruber, a woman who became the world’s youngest Ph.D. 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 trailblazing career by becoming the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935. She escorted 1,000 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 in 1947 with photographs that helped change the world. English and Hebrew with subtitles. Shows at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29.
  • Jaffa follows a family in the heart of this Israeli city. Reuven’s garage is run by his beautiful daughter Mali, his aggressive and distant son Meir, as well as the young Palestinian man, Toufik. No one suspects that Mali and Toufik have been in love for years. As the two lovers secretly make their wedding arrangements, tension builds between Toufik and Meir, who openly voices his disdain and prejudices toward Arabs. As these relationships continue to intensify, emotions begin to boil, resulting in an astonishing conclusion. Hebrew with subtitles. Shows at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26.

    Movie admission is $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for seniors and students. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

    In 1999, Colonial Williamsburg benefactors Gretchen and the late Bill Kimball made a major gift to renovate the historic facility and to transform it into the multipurpose Kimball Theatre. The 35-seat screening room was underwritten by a grant from the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation. Other generous donors continue to make gifts to endow Kimball Theatre programming. Their names are listed on plaques in the theater lobby.

    Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts, and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater. For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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