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Ask Dr. Ruth

Florida Premiere


Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 100min
Film Year: 2019
Category: Documentary Achievement Award

Dr. Ruth Westheimer may be 90 years old, but she’s lost none of her energy, humor or candor on sexuality. This delightful documentary traces her remarkable life, keeping up with her current activities as she reflects on her personal history. Growing up a German Jew in the Nazi era, she was saved by the Kindertransport while her parents perished. After the war, she moved to British-controlled Mandatory Palestine where she trained as a sniper with the Jewish paramilitary Haganah. She moved to the U.S. in the 1950s and began her media career in 1980 with the radio show Sexually Speaking.

For decades, Dr Ruth was a fixture on radio and television, dispensing frank sexual advice to a mass audience. The film captures how much her work meant to ordinary people confused about their sexuality and lacking other input. In the film, Dr. Ruth says, “There is no such thing as retiring for me. I have an obligation to live large and make a dent in this world. At 90, still talking about sex from morning to night.”


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Director: Ryan White
Producer: Rafael Marmor, Ryan White, Jessica Hargrave, Christopher Leggett
Executive Producer: Peggy Drexler
Production Company: Magnolia Pictures

Music: Blake Neely
Cinematographer: David Paul Jacobson
Editor: Helen Kearns

Cast: Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Ryan White

Ryan White is an American director. He has made a career in documentary filmmaking, beginning with his film debut Pelada (2010). His other documentaries include Good Ol’ Freda (2013) and The Case Against 8 (2014), winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, White directed The Keepers, a 7-part Emmy-nominated documentary series. Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) had its World Premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.