Ask Dr. Ruth 2019

Directed by Ryan White Framing Reality

As her 90th birthday approaches, irrepressible Dr Ruth, the famed American sex therapist, reflects on her life and career in a film as spirited as she is.

Jul 27

Embassy Theatre

Jul 31

Light House Petone

Aug 01

Light House Cuba

Aug 03

Reading Cinemas Porirua

Aug 10

Penthouse Cinema

Aug 11
Sold Out

Light House Cuba

USA In English
100 minutes DCP
E

Director

Producers

Rafael Marmor
,
Ryan White
,
Jessica Hargrave
,
Christopher Leggett

Photography

David Paul Jacobson

Editor

Helen Kearns

Animation director

Eyal Resh

Production designer

Daniel Dulitzky

Music

Blake Neely

With

Dr Ruth Westheimer

Festivals

Sundance
,
Hot Docs 2019

Elsewhere

Presented in Association With

The Breeze

A mere four foot seven, but feeling six feet tall, Ruth Westheimer believes she has “an obligation to live long and make a dent in this world.” There’s no contesting that she has done both and continues to do so. She first came to the American public’s attention in 1980 with a New York radio show, Sexually Speaking, a 15-minute programme airing at midnight on Sundays. Within a few years, its popularity led to it being syndicated nationwide as the Dr Ruth Show and to Westheimer becoming a household name. As spirited as its subject, this film allows us to encounter the remarkable woman behind the phenomenon known as Dr Ruth. — SR

“A feminist icon before the term crystallized in popular discourse, Westheimer is perhaps best known as a media personality who frankly discussed sexual dynamics, AIDS, and women’s pleasure at the height of the Reagan era. But producer-director Ryan White, who follows the busy and ebullient Westheimer as she nears her 90th birthday, provides ample space for the luminary to tell her full story. Mostly conveyed through voiceover, with resplendent animation to color in her memories, that journey brims with tragedy and triumph.

A self-described ‘orphan of the Holocaust,’ she went on to become an Israeli soldier, a professor in Paris and New York, and the most famous person in America to ask about sex. Westheimer provides an essential public service, which the film, an affectionate tribute to her life and work, continues.” — Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader