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Don’t let her small stature fool you. Standing at under five feet tall, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a force. A pioneer in the field of sex therapy, she became a household name in the ’80s and ’90s. At 90 years old, she hasn’t stopped working—and still promises the best sex you’ve ever had if you listen to her.

Filmmaker Ryan White captures Dr. Ruth’s exuberant and snappy personality as she hopscotches from speaking engagements to TV and radio appearances. Her infectious energy is colored with an almost arresting openness that is joyous and nonjudgmental, and the affable rapport between filmmaker and subject is a welcome source of laughter. Alongside her optimism, however, are storybook-like animations that bring Dr. Ruth’s childhood as an orphan of the Holocaust to life. The tragic loss of being separated from her parents and never seeing them again shaped how she would embrace the world. The film is an inspiring and entertaining portrait of a trailblazer that reveals the darkness Dr. Ruth emerged from to bring light to so many people.


YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Documentary Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 100 min

COMPANY Delirio Films

WEBSITE http://www.deliriofilms.com

EMAIL zoe@deliriofilms.com

PHONE (808) 497-2441

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Artist Bio

Ryan White

Ryan White is the director of Ask Dr. Ruth. Most recently, White directed The Keepers, a 7-part Emmy-nominated documentary series for Netflix, and HBO's The Case Against 8, which won the U.S. Documentary Directing Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. White's additional films include Serena (Epix), Good Ol’ Freda (Magnolia Pictures), and Pelada (PBS, Cinetic).