( USA / 2016 )
U.S. abortion clinics are fighting to survive. Since 2010, hundreds of laws regulating abortion clinics have been passed by conservative state legislatures, particularly in the south. These restrictions, known as TRAP laws (or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) are spreading across America.
Faced with increased costs of compliance and the alarming fear of violence from protestors, the stakes for the women and men on the frontlines couldn't be any higher. As the battle heads to the U.S. Supreme Court, TRAPPED follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers fighting to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.
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Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 83 min.
Theme: Activism, Crime, Current Affairs, Family, Gender, Health, Human Rights, Media see all »
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Dawn Porter
Producer(s): Marilyn Ness
Available regions: United States, Canada


  • Press Kit
  • A powerful and persuasive rendering of a corner of women’s health care under siege
    The New York Times
  • TRAPPED should be mandatory viewing

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awards & accolades

  • Sundance Film Festival - U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Social Impact Filmmaking
  • SXSW Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Athena Women's Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Official Selection

Festival participation

  • Sundance Film Festival 2016
  • SXSW Film Festival 2016
  • Athena Women's Film Festival 2016
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2016

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Production Company: Trilogy Films
Distribution Company: ro*co films


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