Ask Dr. Ruth
2019 | Ryan White | USA | English | 100 min | NR
Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.
A panel discussion and audience Q&A will follow this film.
“The film does a great job of contextualizing the phenom of Dr. Ruth. It’s filled with clips (including one of a guy rushing onstage during a talk she gave at Oklahoma State University, an attempt at citizen’s arrest for obscenity). During the early years of the AIDS epidemic, she was a formidable and vocal figure, determined to counteract the often-homophobic misinformation out there about the disease. She was very vocal about abortion rights, although she never discussed politics (she still doesn’t). She doesn’t call herself a “feminist” (“I’m too square for that,” she tells her horrified granddaughter) but her advocacy for women—especially to take ownership of their bodies and sexuality—has been a constant.” – Shelia O’Malley, RogerEbert.com