U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking
From 2011 to 2013, hundreds of regulations were passed restricting access to abortion in America. Reproductive rights advocates refer to these as “TRAP” laws, or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers. TRAP laws have swept across the country, especially the South, where most clinics are in a desperate battle for survival.
In the trenches of this war on women’s rights are the doctors, clinic owners, and resolute staff who refuse to give up. Trapped interweaves the personal stories of a fearless physician who crisscrosses the country assuring that medical services are available, the stalwart women and men who run the clinics, the lawyers leading the charge to eradicate these laws, and ultimately to the women they are all determined to help. Filmmaker Dawn Porter has crafted a powerful and comprehensive battle cry. Trapped puts the viewer on the front lines alongside a staunch cadre of warriors committed to preserving abortion rights in a country maintaining the mistaken belief that Roe v. Wade still fully protects a woman’s right to choose.
Dawn Porter is a filmmaker, attorney, and founder of Trilogy Films. Her directorial debut, Gideon’s Army, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, was broadcasted on HBO, and received Independent Spirit and Emmy Award nominations. Porter’s other films have appeared on Independent Lens and the Discovery Channel. She is a Keppler speaker and provided a keynote address at the 2014 International Documentary Association conference. She has appeared on The Daily Show and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry.