Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2016
Country: United States
Run Time: 81 minutes


Dawn Porter’s TRAPPED just received the Special Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at Sundance. The film streamlines the abortion debate by taking viewers inside clinics that face closure due to increasingly restrictive laws. Porter journeys to Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas to talk with clinic owners and employees about encroaching legislation that makes it more difficult to operate the centers. Because of TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers), a host of clinics have closed in recent years. “Closing the clinics will not stop abortions,” argues Gloria Gray, director of a women’s center in Tuscaloosa, AL. “Women will still get abortions, but they are not going to be safe and legal.” The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case (Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole) brought by a center in Texas challenging that state’s HB2 law, which led to the shuttering of more than 20 clinics. A decision is expected in June, and Porter’s film emphasizes it could be one of the most important reproductive rulings since Roe v. Wade, which happened 43 years ago. –C.O.

CIFF40 Screenings

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition

Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter was a lawyer before turning to filmmaking. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and worked as an attorney at Baker & Hostetler before becoming director of News Standards and Practices at ABC News. She is the founder of Trilogy Films and, in addition to her documentaries, has worked as an executive producer on the narrative features "Serious Moonlight" and "The Green."

"Gideon's Army" (2013), "Spies of Mississippi" (2014), TRAPPED (2016)

Marilyn Ness

Chris Hilleke, Nadia Hallgren

Sari Gilman, Katie Flint

Dr. Willie Parker, June Ayers, Gloria Gray, Dalton Johnson, Amy Hagstrom Miller, Nancy Northup, Marva Sadler

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