Trapped (2016 American film)

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Directed byDawn Porter
Produced byMarilyn Ness
StarringWillie Parker, Amy Hagstrom Miller
Distributed byAbramorama
Release date
Running time
81 minutes

Trapped is a 2016 documentary film about doctors who perform abortions in some states in the United States who have been fighting against so-called "TRAP laws" that have been enacted in their states. The film was directed by Dawn Porter, and premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a special jury social impact prize.[1][2] The clinics the film focuses on are mostly located in the South, where there have been a higher number of anti-abortion laws enacted than in any other region of the United States.[3] It was released theatrically on March 4, 2016 in New York City and Washington, DC.[4] It aired on PBS's Independent Lens in June, 2016.


Trapped has received mostly favorable reviews from critics, with a 77/100 score on Metacritic[5] and a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]


  1. ^ Smith, Nigel M. (11 March 2016). "Trapped review: timely abortion documentary makes a compelling case". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  2. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (30 January 2016). "'The Birth of a Nation' takes top prizes at Sundance as festival enters diversity debate". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ Tuma, Mary (11 March 2016). "Trapped and the War on Women's Health Care". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  4. ^ Lang, Brent (28 January 2016). "'Trapped' Documentary to Premiere as Supreme Court Weighs Abortion Laws". Variety. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Trapped". Metacritic. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Trapped". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 March 2016.

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