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, a thick German accent, and an 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.
“Where she was exceptional was in her refusal to stigmatize homosexuality. Whatever consenting people did in the privacy of their own home was their business, a position she championed more than a decade before acceptance was mainstream....” —Amy Nicolson, Variety “Filmmakers have been trying to make a documentary about Westheimer’s life for decades. She says she’s received offers from all over the world. Now was the first time when she felt the need to tell her story. ‘There is an obligation by me to stand up and be counted for some of the things that are happening today,’ she said. ‘Even though I don’t do politics…’” —Nicole Sperling, Vanity Fair “The doc’s emotional heart comes in the form of Dr. Ruth’s reflections on her childhood, growing up in a Swiss orphanage away from her family as the Nazis carried out the Holocaust…[the film] is the story of a woman who isn’t supposed to be here, a woman who beat the odds with an unspeakable charisma.” —Tre'vell Anderson, Out
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