Ask Dr. Ruth
Where: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $35
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Moderator Annette Insdorf will interview Dr. Ruth Westheimer after a screening of Ask Dr. Ruth, the acclaimed documentary about the trailblazing sex therapist and educator.
Directed by Ryan White, this cinematic portrait—which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (where Vanity Fair called it an Oscar contender), before its theatrical release and streaming on Hulu—follows the feisty, 4/7″ powerhouse, who still advocates for a non-judgmental understanding of human sexuality.
Ask Dr. Ruth traces her evolution from an uprooted “Kindertransport” orphan in Switzerland, to a sniper in Israel’s War of Independence, a student in France, and ultimately a New York media celebrity and teacher (Hunter College as well as Columbia University Teachers College).
Dr. Ruth’s popular radio show, Sexually Speaking, had an immeasurable impact at a time when candid discussion of sex was taboo. Her next domain was television, where she not only engaged in frank talk, but called sympathetic attention to the AIDS crisis.
At the age of 91, she remains one of New York’s most distinctive, recognizable, and beloved celebrities.