A teen victim* of the Holocaust, Dr. Ruth Westheimer has led an especially unusual life, from her brief time as a sniper in the Israeli Defense Force (really!) through her later career as America’s foremost expert on sex. Though she’s a very private person, she used her considerable charm to open the door for people to have public conversations about things like contraception, not to mention homosexuality during the AIDS plague. Now in her nineties, the psychologist finally agreed to a documentary, which screens in Newport ahead of its June 1 premiere on Hulu.
*She doesn’t use the word survivor because she never spent time in a concentration camp.