Skills offered

Film and Motion Pictures



London, GB


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Ruth Grimberg
Documentary filmmaker/photographer/lectuer


About me

I am an experienced and versatile self-shooting documentary filmmaker based in London. I aim to work with a sensitive and strong visual approach to reveal the resilience and courage of ordinary people facing up to overwhelming personal and political challenges. I am passionate about volunteering my skills and experience and have worked on a number of voluntary projects and short films with charities such as World Jewish Relief, Muscular Dystrophy UK and the Media Trust as well as making my own short documentary films which have screened on the BBC and BFI-Player and the Community Channel (now Together-TV) and which have been long-listed for a BAFTA and won several awards at UK and International Film Festivals.

My career as a filmmaker has developed from my work as a local newspaper photographer and from community-based oral-history projects where I learnt the importance of listening, observing and developing a strong relationship with the people and stories I was following. Ethics and consent are key to my approach and using small cameras and little equipment enables me to work with sensitivity and non-intrusively to obtain meaningful and revealing interviews with people who have faced trauma and are at risk.


‘BELONGING’ BREAKING BARRIERS (OCT 2019) Photographer (Group Show)

Exhibition showcasing a series of ten portraits and interviews of refugees working with refugee employment charity Breaking Barriers.

One Million Squares (2012) World Jewish Relief - Produced/Directed/Filmed

Broadcast on The Community Channel 2013

Moving Up Muscular Dystrophy UK (2018) Produced/Directed/Filmed/Edited Password: MOVINGUP


'Learning to Swim' (2017) Broadcast BBC4 September 2017 now available on BFIPlayer


Filmed and directed by Ruth Grimberg

Learning to Swim tells the story behind the high suburban hedges of a quiet English town where Ingrid offers shelter to Ahmed, a Syrian refugee who has left family and friends behind in his search for a new life.

'Some Will Forget' (15 mins Doc) AWARDED BEST SHORT DOC at Open City Docs 2016

Filmed and directed by Ruth Grimberg

The bitter legacy of the Miners’ Strike 30 years ago hangs over an English village as one of the last coal mines in the country faces closure. As ex-miner Les Moore fights to preserve its memory his sons must find a way to survive in a fragmented and forgotten community.

'Across Still Water' (12 mins Documentary 2014) Filmed and directed by Ruth Grimberg

Long-listed for a BAFTA 2015


CAMERA: Owner and experienced user of Sony FS5 and A7Sii and Canon 5Diii

AUDIO: Owner Sennheiser EW110, TASCAM DR100 MK II, Rhode NTG1 mic

EDITING: Experienced user FCP7 and FCPX and Premiere Pro,Photoshop and Lightroom 5