State of Affairs


Dawn Porter
Screening time  
04.03. / Saturday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 2  
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. Trapped follows the clinic workers and lawyers—including those who will be taking their case to the Supreme Court in March—who are fighting to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women, many of whom are poor and uninsured.


Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose 2013 documentary, Gideon’s Army, won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award and the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award. Dawn’s other films include Spies of Mississippi (2014) and Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, a documentary film chronicling President Obama’s program to help young men and boys of color succeed.

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2016, 81'

Directed by:
Dawn Porter

Screenplay by:
Sari Gilman, Dawn Porter

Jake Clennell, Hannah Gregg, Nadia Hallgren, Chris Hilleke, Kirsten Johnson, Martina Radwan, Keith Walker

Edited by:
Katie Flint, Sari Gilman

Paul Brill, Elizabeth Ziman

Paul Brill, Elizabeth Ziman

Produced by:
Big Mouth Productions, Cedar Creek Productions, Trilogy Films

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance Film Festival 2016 – U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking; Cleveland International Film Festival 2016 – ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman; Traverse City Film Festival 2016  – Stanley Kubrick Award; South by Southwest 2016; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2016; Miami Film Festival 2016; Bushwick Film Fest 2016