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ASK DR RUTH

Directed by Ryan White
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 100 Minutes New York Premiere
FILM GUIDE ASK DR RUTH
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Dr. Ruth Westheimer began her career in media as a radio personality on 1980’s Sexually Speaking. An unexpected hit, the show catapulted Westheimer into an unlikely celebrity career, where she promoted a positive and transparent dialogue around sex and revolutionized the way people understand sexuality. But even after helping so many others, few know Westheimer’s own story. Born in 1928 in Germany as the only child of Orthodox Jews, Dr. Ruth escaped the Holocaust as a child, eventually emigrating to the United States in the 1950s. Her own experiences with love, sex, and loss are revealed to have shaped the distinctive character we all know today.

Ryan White’s (The Keepers, Good Ol’ Freda) affectionate bio-doc showcases Dr. Ruth’s indelible charm and no-nonsense approach to her life’s work, while also exposing a more vulnerable side to the legendary sex therapist. Now approaching 91, Dr. Ruth reflects on her own painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

—Cara Cusumano

After the Premiere Screening: a conversation with director Ryan White and subject Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Moderated by Columbia University Film Professor Annette Insdorf.
Documentary, LGBTQIA, Journalism, Special Events
About the Director(s)
Ryan White directed The Keepers, an Emmy®-nominated documentary series for Netflix, and HBO's The Case Against 8, which won the Directing Award at Sundance and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards®. White's additional films include Serena, Good Ol’ Freda, and Pelada.
Panelists

Ryan White

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Annette Insdorf


Film Info
  • Section:
    Movies Plus
  • Year:
    2019
  • Length:
    100 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    New York
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Ryan White
  • Producer:
    Rafael Marmor, Ryan White, Jessica Hargrove, Christopher Leggett
  • Cinematographer:
    David Paul Jacobson
  • Editor:
    Helen Kearns, Rejh Cabrera
  • Composer:
    Blake Neely
  • Executive Producer:
    Peggy Drexler
  • Associate Producer:
    Grace Oathout
  • Co-Producer:
    Zoe Morrison
  • US Distributor:
    Hulu, Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast:
    Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

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